BICKLETON, Wash. (AP) -- A freak snow has given students a snow day in May in the Klickitat County town of Bickleton.

School Superintendent Ric Palmer says 10-to-12 inches fell in places overnight and heavy snow brought some tree branches down on lines, knocking out power and phones. Palmer said he had to cancel classes for the first time this school year.

About 170 students attend kindergarten through 12th grade classes in one building in Bickleton. Utilities should be restored and classes resume on Thursday.

Palmer told KONA he was surprised to see snow this late in the year.

The town has an elevation of about 3,000 feet. The sheriff's office says a couple of inches of snow also fell on 3,100-foot Satus Pass on Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish.

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