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The winter that wouldn't come


Contributed, Jessica Daniel

SNOW PLAY: People and critters were out in the deep snow around Klickitat County over the last few days. Children were out in force, especially with a day off from school and lots of snow to make tracks in. Nothing beats a fun ride on a sled pulled by gravity.

We had the hoarfrost that hit hard in higher elevations around Klickitat County, taking down power lines and creating scenes of sometimes astonishing beauty. But still, the area had seen little of the kind of winter that hit much of the rest of the country, bringing single-digit temperatures as far south as Florida.

Contributed, Diana Notestine

An inquisitive deer stops to pose almost nose-to-nose with the photographer.

But when winter got here, it made up for lost time, dumping as much as two feet of snow in some elevations and swamping Goldendale. The snow may not last long-temperatures rose some 10 degrees just from Monday to Tuesday and look to stay relatively warmer for a few days. But it finally brought the winter that wouldn't come, and with it welcome and much-needed moisture.

Events and meetings got canceled around the county and the Gorge. People will have to wait a while to Wear Red, for example. Crowds filled the markets intermittently as shoppers sought to stock up before they became immobilized.

Traffic was tied up all around the county and the state. The Washington Department of Transportation sent more email notices of updates on Satus Pass to The Sentinel between Thursday and Monday than it receives in an average month, with most of the notices advising of the need for chains and giving the road conditions.

Clean-up in the city has gone smoothly. In parts of the county, there are reports of mostly cleared roads but also of occasional stuck plows.


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