Juneau schools close after snowfall

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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2005

JUNEAU (AP) — Heavy snow and the threat of freezing rain forced the closure of schools and most city and federal offices Wednesday in Juneau.

City Manager Rod Swope said one of the reasons was treacherous road conditions.

''I don't think it is advisable for people to drive around,'' Swope said.

Swope made the decision Tuesday evening after talking to School Superintendent Peggy Cowan and Street Superintendent Mike Scott. Swope said he couldn't remember the last time Juneau declared a snow day.

''As state and city street-plowing trucks pushed snow to the side of the roads, a lot of kids were unable to walk on the sidewalks and had to walk on the streets,'' Swope said.

More than two feet of snow has piled up in Juneau and almost two and a half feet in the Mendenhall Valley since Sunday.

National Weather Service forecaster Brian Tassia said the snow broke up a wet winter.

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