Snow day

The snow’s coming down thick here at the Kitsap Sun’s island outpost.

School’s out. Library’s closed. City meetings are called off.

But the snowman making contest is on. Starts at 2 p.m. at Ericksen Park (between Ericksen Ave and Hildebrand Lane).

Avoid these roads on your way to the contest:

-Bucklin Hill Road between Eagle Harbor Drive and Lynwood Center Road.
-Koura Road between Highway 305 and Meadowmeer Circle.
-Valley Road at Park Hill Place.

If you aren’t up to a making your own Parson Brown, you can read the Sun story about the icy sabotage at the Bainbridge school district bus barn, and the angry, angry comments that follow. But why do that when the snow’s falling?

Here’s the snow day press release from the city:

Bainbridge Island, WA, December 18, 2008 – With snow falling fast and temperatures expected to remain close to or below freezing, roadways across the island are slick. Additional snow accumulations are expected throughout the day, and residents are encouraged to avoid driving if possible.

City road maintenance crews have been working since the early morning hours with sanders and snow plows. Island roads currently closed due to unsafe conditions include Bucklin Hill Road between Eagle Harbor Drive and Lynwood Center Road, Koura Road between Highway 305 and Meadowmeer Circle NE, and Valley Road at Park Hill Place.

For updated listings on road closures, visit the city’s web site at County-wide road closures are posted at

Those who cannot avoid driving are encouraged to allow ample travel time and use special caution when approaching bridges and intersections.

“A few basic safety precautions can make a big difference,” said Deputy Police Chief Jon Fehlman. “Drivers are advised to prepare with cold weather safety equipment including tire chains, ice scrapers, jumper cables and a small shovel. A safety kit including road flares, blankets, gloves, warm clothing, flashlights and batteries and a first aid kit should be standard equipment at all times.”