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Kitsap getting pounded with snow

Service-puppy-in-training, Chelan, meets his snow twin. The Yellow Labrador Retriever puppy lives in Port Orchard Tami Lester, who is a volunteer puppy raiser for Summit Assistance Dogs, a non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Lester created Chelan
Service-puppy-in-training, Chelan, meets his snow twin. The Yellow Labrador Retriever puppy lives in Port Orchard Tami Lester, who is a volunteer puppy raiser for Summit Assistance Dogs, a non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Lester created Chelan's clone from the latest snowfall, which has been falling non-stop since mid-Saturday afternoon.
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The snow Kitsap County was promised arrived with a vengeance in mid-afternoon Saturday and is expected to continue accumulating through the night.

According to the National weather Service, the winter storm advisory will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday.

Meanwhile, county maintenance crews are back on primary roads. Snow has been heavy and times, and is accumulating quickly.

Forecasts call for anywhere from 3 to 8 inches in South Kitsap, with much more in the west end of the County near Seabeck and Holly.

"We know that all roads need plowed and sanded," said Kitsap County Public Works Spokesman Doug Bear, "and we are doing everything we can to get to each of the over 900 miles of roads we maintain."

"Crews continue to work around-the-clock executing the snow and ice plan," Bear said. "Avoid driving if possible, drive carefully if you do, allow longer following and stopping distances and stay safe and warm."

The following South Kitsap roads are closed due to weather:

* Anderson Hill Road SW, from State Route 16 to Warbler Way SW;

* North Road, between Ebbert Road and Long Lake Road;

* Retsil Road E., Beach Drive to Williams Lane;

* Williams Lane, Retsil Road to Arnold Avenue; and,

* Orchard Avenue, Black Road to Olalla Valley Road.

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