December 19, 2010 in City, Idaho

Snow advisory posted for Spokane, Coeur d’Alene

Icy roads become national news
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A winter weather advisory has been issued for tonight and Monday morning for 2 to 4 inches of snow in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas.

The National Weather Service said the snow will begin later tonight and increase in intensity during the overnight hours.

Accumulations will mainly be south of Spokane, but will extend westward to Ritzville, Odessa, Grand Coulee and Moses Lake where a winter weather advisory is also in effect.

To the south of Spokane, a more serious winter storm warning is in effect across the Palouse region from Rosalia southward for 3 to 5 inches of snow, and even greater accumulations in mountain areas of the central Idaho Panhandle where up to 9 inches of snow is possible. However, the Clearwater River basin will see lighter amounts.

Cool air across the region should keep the snow in place through most of the week, although there is a chance of rain or snow on Christmas Day when the snow level rises to 2,100 feet to the hilly areas and plateaus around Spokane.

Saturday’s snowfall turned Spokane-area roads into virtual ice rinks, with authorities saying hundreds of mostly minor auto accidents were reported throughout the region.

Accidents continued on icy streets Sunday night with one motorist being seriously injured when his Jeep Wrangler slid sideways while descending North Cedar Road from Five Mile Prairie. The Jeep was struck by a vehicle going up the hill, said police Cpl. Mike Carr.

Below is a video from KHQ News of a particularly treacherous stretch of South Hill, which drew national attention after being broadcast by cable news networks:

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