By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

In Gold Beach, Riley Creek Elementary School Principal Tom Denning said Friday began with a teacher’s car in a ditch and a hail storm with thunder.

It was also Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the Cat in the Hat was due to arrive, but Denning was worried the weather or the flu would stop him too.

The flu coursed through Brookings-Harbor schools (BHSD) in January and is declining this month, but the weather stepped in to make things rough Friday.

BHSD buses were unable to reach four stops on two routes Friday due to snow and icy conditions.

School advisories reported bus routes on Carpenterville, Duley Creek, Cape Ferrelo and Eggers roads were cancelled. The transportation office was able to alert the affected families.

An early release of schools was possible Friday based on the weather, according to Brookings-Harbor public relations officer Nancy Raskauskas-Coons, but later advisories said school would proceed as normal.

Several parts of the country are currently seeing severe weather.

On the East Coast, a winter storm underwent “bombogenesis,” according to the National Weather Service.

“Take this storm seriously,” the National Weather Service in Boston warned via Twitter. “This is a life-and-death situation for those living along the coast, especially those on ocean-exposed shorelines.”

In California, citizens were hit by a frigid storm moving in from the Gulf of Alaska. Blizzard and avalanche warnings in the Sierra Nevadas were in effect, and mudslides and flash-flooding could occur in Southern California where catastrophic fires and floods have already devastated areas, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s the biggest storm of the season,” said Jim Mathews, a meteorologist in Sacramento.

Local weather

The National Weather Service in Medford reported winter conditions would continue as showers brought snow to the area.

Snow fell above 500-foot elevations Thursday night and was predicted to fall again even on western valley floors Friday night and Saturday morning.

The reports predict hazardous travel with slippery, snow-covered roads and periods of poor visibility due to heavy or blowing snow.

They warned people to avoid traveling during the storm and urged drivers who had to travel to take precautions and carry emergency kits with chains, flashlights, batteries, blankets, food, water and medications. Drivers should check road conditions before venturing out.

Drivers can call 511 for Oregon or California road conditions or visit these websites:

Oregon road conditions: www.tripcheck.com.

California road conditions: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

NWS hazard viewer: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/map/?wfo=mfr

Reach Boyd C. Allen at ballen@currypilot.com .

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