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Drifting snow closes highways

Several state highways are closed because of drifting snow, officials said today. Whitman County is basically locked down. Road closures include Route 23 from Steptoe to Interstate 90; Route 271 from Rosalia to Oakesdale; and Route 27 from Pullman to Oakesdale.

Washington state Route 195 has reopened from Spangle to Stateline. And in Idaho, U.S. Highway 95 has reopened from Lewiston to Moscow, but the Idaho State Patrol asks drivers to stay off the roads unless there is an emergency.

Snoqualmie Pass is closed from near North Bend to Ellensburg because of avalanche danger, according to the Washington Department of Transportation. Chains are required on Stevens Pass.

Havana Street is closed from Sprague to Main while workers repair a water main break, city officials said.

Several slide offs have been reported on Interstate 90, Fuller said.

“I think people are deceived by the new snow,” she said. “They think new snow means they have traction and there’s a thick layer of ice underneath.”

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