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Schools closed, freezing rain forecasted

By the time the 6 o'clock news aired Tuesday night, administrators for the Sunnyside, Grandview and Mabton school districts had already decided to cancel school today (Wednesday).

This is only the second time in 18 years of being a school superintendent that Dr. Rick Cole has called off school because of the weather.

"We don't take closing school lightly, but I think these conditions have gotten to a place where it's a safety issue for the kids," said Cole.

As of press time there had been no decision on whether school would be held Thursday, but Cole said the decision would be made between and 5 and 6 p.m. tonight.

"We're wondering if it's going to ice or warm," he said.

The National Weather Service listed all of Washington as undergoing a winter storm this morning.

According to Mark Cook, who checks the local weather, eight inches of snow fell Tuesday, which equated to .56 inches of precipitation.

The National Weather Service has changed the forecast for the Lower Valley from a warming trend that was supposed to begin Thursday and continue through the weekend. Now, freezing rain is forecasted for Thursday and Friday.

When a final decision on whether school will be held is made it will be announced on the school district hotline, 836-4172. School closures will also be announced on radio and television stations.

. Melissa Browning can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail mbrowning@eaglenewspapers.com

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