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Storm Dumps Snow, Strands Drivers

A winter storm that dumped heavy snow throughout Washington made Sunday a good day to stay inside and watch the Super Bowl.

Slippery driving kept law enforcement officers and tow trucks busy.

“Treacherous conditions, compact snow and ice throughout the state” was the Washington State Patrol’s road report.

Snowfall ranged from 5 inches in Spokane to 9 inches at Lake Margaret in King County.

In Eastern Washington, icy roads, fog and blowing snow made driving hazardous, especially in the Colfax area of Whitman County.

More than 200 motorists were stranded in that area early Sunday morning because of hazardous roads. Conditions improved later in the day.

Heavy snow and high winds whipping across western Montana prompted authorities to close a portion of Interstate 90 near the Idaho border to emergency travel only.

In Spokane, police recorded a small number of scattered accidents Sunday, none involving serious injuries.

Plows were out in force and city officials were asking motorists to remove parked vehicles from streets to aid plowing.

Icy winds dropped the wind chill factor to 30 below zero Sunday night in Spokane, the National Weather Service reported.

Today’s forecast calls for clear and cold weather, with a high of 14 degrees and winds gusting to 20 mph. , DataTimes

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