The Kitsap County Courthouse, all county offices, and all county parks and parking areas, are closed Dec. 27 due to inclement weather conditions.
The Washington State Ferries will be operating on their alternative schedules due to shortage of crews.
Kitsap County road crews started early Sunday responding to the snow. Crews are working out of all three road shops and continued working overnight plowing and treating roads.
The county uses a comprehensive snow and ice plan to route plows. Priority 1 roads are plowed in the first 36 hours after the snow stops. Priority 2 roads are done after the Priority 1 roads are cleared. More information is available on the County’s Inclement Weather page. The city of BI uses the same priority system.
Also, after heavy snows Sunday Puget Sound Energy lines, along with a downed tree, closed Mariner and Agate Pass roads where they intersect.
Meanwhile, the Bainbridge Island Severe Weather Shelter plans to be open through Dec. 31 due to expected continued freezing temperatures.
The shelter is at the Senior Community Center, 370 Brien Ave. SE.
Anyone who needs housing needs to check in between 6-8 p.m. It will close for the night if no one checks in. The center will then reopen at 8 a.m. for daytime warming. If anyone needs help after hours they must call 9-1-1 to get an escort to the shelter.
COVID-19 protocols are in effect. Regardless of vaccination status, all must wear masks indoors.
If you need a ride to the shelter, call 1-844-4BI-RIDE before 3:50 p.m. After that time, or on weekends, call
Severe Weather Shelters also are open in Kingston and Poulsbo.
Hours of operation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., except the one at Village Green Community Center will end at 6:30 in the morning.
The locations are: Village Green, 26159 Dulay Rd NE, Kingston; and Gateway Fellowship, West Wing building, 18901 8th Ave. NE in Poulsbo.
Those needing transportation to the closest shelter can call
The Severe Weather Shelters serve anyone in our area who requires safe overnight refuge when hazardous weather conditions are expected. Further activations are weather dependent. Call 2-1-1 for information about the shelters and details on how to receive text message notifications when they are open.