A Spokane man died in a one-car accident early Saturday that shut down U.S. Highway 395 three miles north of Chewelah, Wash., for hours.
Terry R. Patterson, 39, was northbound in a Ford Expedition when his vehicle left the road, hit a driveway abutment and rolled, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers responded to the crash at 12:34 a.m.
Patterson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and landed on the southbound shoulder, authorities said.
He was declared dead at the scene.
Investigators Saturday night were still determining the cause of the crash.
More snow expected today into midweek
The city of Spokane ended the latest Stage 2 snow emergency, but more snow is on the way.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Saturday night for areas in the Idaho Panhandle and northeast Washington that is in effect from 4 a.m. today to 4 p.m. Monday. A low-pressure system dropping down from British Columbia is picking up moisture off the Pacific and bringing it into the region.
Snow is expected today and into the middle of the week. Snow and rain are likely Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a chance of snow Thursday and Friday.
Two to 3 inches of snow is expected today and another 2 to 4 inches could fall Monday. Sunday and Monday could be windy, with gusts up to 32 miles per hour.
A late February cold snap brought temperatures down to minus 5 degrees Saturday, but temperatures will begin to rise this week. Highs in the beginning of the week will be in the low 30s, with lows in the 20s. Temperatures will warm up to the high 30s Wednesday through Saturday.
The incoming weather system is good news for skiers – 1 to 2 feet of snow is expected in the mountains of the north and central Idaho Panhandle.