Stranded in Skykomish

Hundreds of people living near US 2 were stranded for days without electricity after feet of snow buried the region. 

Neighbors in nearby towns took matters into their own hands and delivered food, water, fuel, and supplies to those cut off by road closures and left cold and hungry. 

RELATED: Volunteer convoy brings relief to those stranded for days in Skykomish

While the community banded together, some voiced criticism about the snowstorm response on the state and local level. However, Gov. Inslee and the Skykomish mayor defended their response.

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School delays and closures

Dozens of schools and districts are delayed or closed again Thursday due to weather and safety concerns. Check school closings and delays. 

Seattle Public Schools, the state's largest district, defended their decision to cancel class on Wednesday, despite a lack of snow in the city. They announced students will make-up their snow day on January 29th.

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High winds and higher temps

While lowland snow has tapered off across Puget Sound, high winds moved into the region. The concern is that winds could topple snow-laden trees and cause more power outages. 

The good news is that temperatures will start to creep higher on Thursday, which should reduce the risk of iced-over roads.

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Car tab debate

Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to cap car-tab fees at $30 in Washington. 

“That’s what the people voted for,” said Sen. Phil Fortunato (R-Auburn), who is sponsoring the bill. 

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee does not support the legislation, who said state transportation projects need additional funding from car-tab fees.

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Major honor for Steve Gleason

Spokane native Steve Gleason received the Congressional Gold Medal during a special ceremony in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. 

Gleason earned the honor through his fight to raise ALS awareness and improve the lives of patients through his foundation, Team Gleason. The foundation has since raised millions of dollars.  

Other recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal include Rosa Parks, Thomas Edison, and the Dalai Lama. Gleason's former teammate, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, delivered a powerful speech at Wednesday's ceremony.

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Also see: Seattle local forecast

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