Snow, ice and wind have been the prevailing themes for much of the past month in Camas and Washougal.
Schools in both districts were closed for four days last week, and children in the lower elevations enjoyed the first real snowfall in years.
In downtown Camas, businesses remained open when possible, and employees and owners could be seen shoveling sidewalks. Amy Begley of Forever Growing Kids and landlord Kate Rood went to work clearing the ice and snow on a sunny Friday in front of her businesses, as well as others.
“I wanted to do something to help,” Begley said. “It’s been nice to see people downtown, even in this weather. A lot of them walked here from their homes, and we want to give them a safe place to do that.”
Rood has been enjoying the snowfall.
“I think it’s just awesome,” she said. “I am so glad it finally really snowed.”
All of the built-in snow days in the Washougal and Camas school districts were used in December, when another winter storm hit.
Officials in both districts said that they will communicate a new plan for the end of the school year when the icy weather is gone. State law allows seniors in high school to attend classes five days fewer than other grades. However, there is no cap on the number of snow days to be made up, such as the case in neighboring states like Oregon.