Snow snarls traffic, cancels, delays classes

by: Chris Legeros Updated:

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Traffic crawled through South Thurston and Lewis Counties Friday morning after a series of spinouts on Interstate Five.

Snow and slush on the highway made driving treacherous. At one point, Johnny Ballesteros pulled over and put chains on his tires.

"Driving conditions are really bad," said Ballesteros. April Ballesteros said it was "kind of scary because we felt the car sliding from side to side."

In Centralia, the snow wasn't deep. You didn't need a shovel, you could sweep it away with a broom. It was the same story in Montesano about 40 miles closer to the coast. However, the snow that did fall was sticking around in near freezing temperatures. Malena Busz suddenly found herself with more company.

"School got canceled, so the kids are home," said Busz.

The weather delayed or canceled classes in many parts of Grays Harbor County. So instead of going to the gym with just her youngest daughter this morning, Malena had to bring her 9-year-old son, Jackson, and her 5-year-old daughter, Paige. 

Paige was thrilled to get the opportunity to make snow angels on the sidewalk. She may get other opportunities.

The forecast includes frigid temps, with the possibility of more snow flurries this weekend.