Freezing temperatures add to Clark County’s winter weather woes

CLARK COUNTY — Exceptionally cold overnight temperatures have led to refreezing and widespread icy conditions across Clark County.

More than a foot of snow remains on the ground in some areas. Major thoroughfares have been plowed but are icy in many spots. Drivers should be extremely careful and expect significant ice, packed snow and rough road conditions while venturing out Friday.

Clark County Public Works road crews have been working around-the-clock since snow started falling Tuesday evening. Crews currently are spreading gravel and responding to specific problems, primarily due to icy roads.

Clark County Public Works road crews have been working around-the-clock since snow started falling Tuesday evening. Crews currently are spreading gravel and responding to specific problems, primarily due to icy roads.
More than a foot of snow remains on the ground in some areas. Major thoroughfares have been plowed but are icy in many spots. Drivers should be extremely careful and expect significant ice, packed snow and rough road conditions while venturing out Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz

Road closures

  • Northwest Allen Canyon Road, from Northwest 51st Street to Northwest 324th Street, has been closed since 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

This list can change rapidly depending on conditions. Drivers should never ignore, bypass or move temporary closure signs or barricades.

Driving recommendations

Avoid travel if possible. Expect slow traffic and allow plenty of distance between vehicles. Watch out for pedestrians who may be walking in the street because of deep snow on sidewalks. Drivers also should be particularly watchful for inattentive children playing in the snow.

Garbage-recycling

Waste Connections has canceled Friday’s pickup.

Clark County Public Works road crews have been working around-the-clock since snow started falling Tuesday evening. Crews currently are spreading gravel and responding to specific problems, primarily due to icy roads.
Exceptionally cold overnight temperatures have led to refreezing and widespread icy conditions across Clark County. Photo by Mike Schultz

Upcoming

The forecast calls for gradual warming through the weekend, with rain beginning on Monday, followed by rapid melting and potential for flooding by mid-week. Public Works will continue to respond as needed through the weekend and into next week.

Reporting road problems

For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1. For road issues and fallen trees or limbs, call Clark County Public Works at (360) 397-2446. For power outages, call Clark Public Utilities at (360) 992-8000.

 

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About The Author

Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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