UPDATED 1 p.m.: Moffat, Routt County Schools will open despite power outage, storm
CRAIG — There will be no snow day in Moffat and Routt Counties as public schools will be in session on Friday, Jan. 18.
“Due to power outages and snow levels, busses will be running about 20 to 25 minutes behind schedule,” stated an email sent from Moffat Couty school officials to parents at about 6:45 a.m.
One bus was stuck in the snow, said Superintendent of Schools Dave Ulrich who added that all children on the bus were safe and accounted for. He added that rumors a bus had “rolled” were untrue.
Parents electing to keep their children home were asked to notify their child’s school to “ensure we have all students accounted for,” stated the email.
Students arriving late will not be penalized. Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary School were without power when the first bell rang.
“We expect power to come on fairly soon,” Ulrich said. “However, if parents are concerned about the welfare of their students they are always welcome to excuse them and keep them home.”
Power went out about 2:30 a.m. in Hayden, Craig, Lay, Maybell, Baggs, and parts of Steamboat Springs. It was restored in some areas and has been on intermittently in other areas.
The power outage did not impact schools in Hayden to the same extent.
“We have power today. Ours flickered on and off during the night, but we do have school today,” said Judy Parrott, administrative assistant with Hayden School District.
They also experienced transportation delays.
“Our buses are running a few minutes late, but it looks like most of them are rolling in right now,” she said.
Goal Academy High School is also open at the Craig service location, said Administrative Assistant Jamie Hume.
However, Moffat County Christian Academy decided to ask their students to stay home today.
“With the electricity out this morning, the lack of heat in the building early on and the dangerous driving conditions, we just thought it would be best for students and staff to stay home,” said Secretary Janet Write.
More snow is expected throughout the day as the National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Friday.
Yampa Valley Electric Association has not yet provided information about the cause of the outage other than to state it was related to the heavy snow that had fallen in the area.
Read more about the power outage at CraigDailyPress.com.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com. Clay Thorp contributed to this story.