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Several school districts announce delayed starts due to winter weather: Storm impacts

Schools in western Washington have announced cancellations and delays amid snowfall and icy road conditions.

SEATTLE — School and school districts across western Washington have announced cancellations or delays for Friday morning.

Bethel, Kent, Orting and Puyallup all announced two-hour delays, among several other schools and districts.

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Delays were announced as temperatures dropped Thursday evening, freezing moisture on the roads and leading to a potentially icy Friday morning commute.

Power outages

Electricity was restored to most customers in the Puget Sound area by Thursday evening. At the peak of the outages, nearly 80,000 customers were without power.

RELATED: How to contact your power company or report outage

Seattle Public Schools closed some schools Wednesday due to the power outages.

Residents along the Hood Canal experienced power outages caused by falling trees and nearly a foot of snowfall in under 12 hours. 

The downed trees and power lines along Highway 101 near Hoodsport trapped guests at the Sunrise Motel overnight.

"I knew it was coming so I brought extra food and lots of layers," said motel manager Madison Carlton.

She said it was like a horror movie, spending the night in a motel without any lights or running water. By mid-morning Wednesday, road and power crews had traffic open in both directions along Highway 101.

Road closures

WSDOT said there is snow and ice on the roadways and advised travelers of added travel time and delays.

Before you head over the mountains, make sure to check pass conditions as closures are possible and chains may be required at times. 

The Washington State Department of Transportation may close one direction or both directions of a pass if severe weather or collisions warrant a closure. 

Here's how to check if the passes are open or closed in each direction before you hit the road: 

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