Kitsap Sun staff | Kitsap Sun
Another blanket of fresh snow across Kitsap peninsula arrived overnight Thursday and many services paused again due to weather and road conditions.
A few inches of new snow can been seen in Bremerton early Thursday and the National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory that could include more snow through 2 p.m. today. The forecast calls for temperatures around freezing into New Year’s Day, and another chance of snow, possibly mixed with rain, for the holiday before temperatures warm through the weekend. Rain is predicted for Sunday and into next week as schools reopen from the holiday break.
County offices closed again
Kitsap County announced that the courthouse and other offices will remain closed on Thursday.
Buses remain on emergency routes
Kitsap Transit announced that all buses will be on emergency routes Thursday. To view a map of those routes click here. Fast ferries and the Port Orchard foot ferry are operating, though the customer service office and bathrooms at the Bremerton Transportation Center are closed due to frozen pipes, the agency announced Wednesday.
Road closures and clearing
Kitsap County announced three formal road closures, at Gerald Cliff Dr. NE at the intersection with Indianola Road due to snow and ice; Preble Street between Charlotte and S. Marion in Central Kitsap due to a power pole reported down; and Berry Lake between Sidney and Old Clifton in South Kitsap due to a tree leaning dangerously over the roadway.
The Bangor Gate at Naval Base Kitsap remains closed on Thursday due to hazardous conditions. Only essential personnel are working, and base operations including recreation centers, childcare facilities, and Fleet and Family support centers are closed.
City and county crews continue to clear streets focused on primary routes.
Shelter remains open through Saturday
The daytime warming station at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds will be open through Jan. 1. The hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No additional guests will be admitted after 4:30 p.m. Pets are permitted at the center, provided they are kept crated and do not create a hazard for staff or other guests.
Overnight shelters will be announced later today.
Those needing transportation to the closest shelter can call (360) 373-3000 to arrange for a ride before 7 p.m. Call 2-1-1 for information about the Severe Weather Shelter Program and details on how to receive text message notifications when the shelters open.