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Snowy Roads Will Be Slick For Day Or So Temperatures Expected To Reach 40 By Weekend

The snow was only temporary, but expect the slippery conditions to hang around for a couple of days.

Snow-covered roads in the Inland Northwest likely will turn icier today, making driving conditions more hazardous until temperatures climb into the 40s this weekend.

Today and Friday, they’ll hover in the mid-30s, said John Livingston, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Spokane. The snow will turn to rain, which will continue off and on through the weekend.

“It’s going to be wet,” Livingston said. “But at least by Saturday it’ll be warmer.”

The storm resulted in accidents throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho on Wednesday.

The Washington State Patrol and both the Spokane police and sheriff’s departments responded to more than 80 collisions between 6 a.m. and noon. Only one involved serious injuries.

A 79-year-old woman was taken to a hospital after she lost control of a car on a Spokane Valley road Wednesday afternoon.

Helen Ferguson of Spokane, was in guarded condition late Wednesday at Valley Hospital and Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said.

Ferguson was driving a 1983 Chevrolet Citation east on Broadway, a quarter-mile west of Pines, when she lost control on the slick road and the car hit a pole, the WSP said.

Many accidents occurred on Interstate 90 between Pines and the Sunset hill, WSP Sgt. Chris Powell said.

“It wasn’t anything real significant, considering the snow and wind we had,” Powell said.

Pend Oreille and Stevens counties reported numerous accidents, also without serious injuries. By 4 p.m., the snow had blown off the roads in Lincoln County, where no accidents were reported.

Ten inches of snow fell in Deer Park, but residents handled the storm well and avoided injury collisions.

North Idaho authorities responded to more than 50 accidents, including one that claimed the life of a 46-year-old Wallace woman.

Patricia Hampton was pronounced dead when officials arrived at an accident scene near Silverton, Idaho, at about 3:35 p.m.

Shoshone County Lt. Spike Angle said Hampton’s Toyota was westbound on Silver Valley Road near Silverton when she crossed a railroad track and slid into the eastbound lane.

A pickup driven by Oliver Lunde, 80, of Silverton, struck Hampton’s car on the driver’s side. Lunde suffered only minor injuries, Angle said.

A passenger in Hampton’s car, a 17-year-old girl, was in stable condition at Kootenai Medical Center.



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