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San Juan schools closed Friday due to severe weather, officials say

By Linda Williams and Liesl Nielsen, | Updated - Feb. 21, 2019 at 8:42 p.m. | Posted - Feb. 21, 2019 at 6:25 a.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Schools in San Juan County were closed Thursday and will remain closed Friday. Washington County schools delayed classes by two hours Thursday.

San Juan School District

All schools in the San Juan School District will be closed Friday due to severe weather, officials reported Thursday evening. The district office will also be closed.

The San Juan School District initially delayed the start of classes by two hours Thursday but later closed all schools and district offices due to the severe winter weather.

Washington County School District

All schools in the Washington County School District began two hours late on Thursday, and there was no morning kindergarten, district officials said earlier Thursday.

Buses were scheduled to run their routes two hours later than usual and may not make it up some steep hills in areas, the district said.

School officials said they set school at a two-hour delay because the buses are not equipped with snow tires, and the drivers aren't as used to driving in the snow as those in more northern parts of the state. The last time the school district had a snow day was in 2013 during a big storm.

St. George's temperature is usually around 60 degrees this time of year, and the city usually only gets a dusting of snow — but it got a bit more this year.

Snow plows came through to clear the roads early Thursday morning, but they weren't city plows. St. George is only equipped with one snow plow for the runways at the St. George Regional Airport and that plow is too big for the streets. Instead, the city usually relies on the Utah Department of Transportation plows if they get an unusual amount of snow.

Dixie State University received snow, but classes there will be held on their regular schedule.

A winter storm warning is in effect as a major winter storm moves through southern and eastern Utah on Thursday. Several inches of snow are expected in St. George, Santa Clara, Hurricane, Zion National Park and elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the snow in the Heber-Kamas Ranger District is [60 inches deep in the flats of Strawberry](<' target=>), officials reported Thursday.

To get the full weather forecast, visit the weather page.

Contributing: Alex Cabrero, KSL TV


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