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Update: MI Schools Issue 2-Hour Delay or Close as Winter Storm Nears

The Mercer Island School District has called for a 2-hour delay in opening school and Metro buses remain on snow routes Tuesday thanks to snow on the ground and in the forecast.

The has announced school will resume two hours late Tuesday morning, Jan. 17, as the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Winter Weather Advisories for both Tuesday and Wednesday.

All MISD Tuesday morning activities are canceled, and morning sessions of high school band, world language programs, kindergarten, and are canceled.

According to the district, officials will assess weather conditions in the morning so stay tuned to your local radio and TV stations, schoolreport.org and the district web site for further announcements.

Elsewhere on Mercer Island, the following schools also delayed opening or closed for the day:

  • : Closed
  • (Pre K-8): Delayed opening until 10:30 a.m., and a planned 8th Grade fieldtrip is canceled.
  • (Pre K-8): Delayed opening until 10 a.m. for K-8; and a 10:15 a.m. start for YPK-PK. Extra-curricular activities, morning and after-school garderie are all canceled, and the school will close at 3:30 p.m.
  • : Closed

According to the latest NWS advisory, three inches of snowfall on Tuesday and over a foot of snow Wednesday is possible.

"AT THIS TIME UP TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN STEADY OR GRADUALLY FALL DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS...SO ROADWAYS MAY FREEZE. A MUCH MORE SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM IS LIKELY LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING. WEDNESDAYS STORM MAY BRING 6 TO 14 INCHES OF SNOW."

King County Metro has also announced that it will continue to run all buses on snow routes until further notice, altering or canceling several bus routes on Mercer Island. According to King County Metro: 

On Tuesday, January 17, King County Metro Transit is remaining on snow routing countywide, and will continue to do so until further notice. Routes 38, 45, 46, 219, 981 and 989 are canceled on Tuesday, and until further notice. All other service will operate via snow routing with schedule delays likely.

In addition to its Tuesday plan, Metro is monitoring the forecast for a possible major Winter storm overnight Tuesday that could drop several inches of snow over its King County service area by Wednesday morning.

Metro will notify customers as early as possible about plans should this occur. Until we know what's going to happen, Metro riders are encouraged to visit the Snow & Ice page and learn about Metro's plan for an 'Emergency Service Network' that might be used in the event of the most severe conditions.

Stay with Mercer Island Patch for the latest Winter Weather updates.

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