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Icy roads cause crashes in north Spokane

Sat., Dec. 29, 2012, 4:10 p.m.

Snow and icy roadways have led to multiple collisions north of Spokane this afternoon.

The Washington State Patrol is currently responding to a four-car injury collision at Highway 395 and Hatch Road, about four miles north of Spokane.

It is not yet known how many were injured in that crash.

Troopers are also working to clear two additional one-car crashes on Highway 2, and three one-car crashes on Highway 395 that are partially blocking the roadway.

Police scanner traffic also indicates troopers are responding to collisions on Interstate 90 east of Spokane, including at Argonne Road.

The National Weather Service is reporting bands of light snow that developed in the area early this afternoon. While the accumulation hasn’t been significant, cold temperatures have prevented road temperatures from climbing above freezing, said Meteorologist Greg Koch.

The current temperature is 24 degrees in Deer Park and 25 degrees at the Spokane International Airport.

Today is the first day this winter temperatures haven’t reached 30 degrees, Koch said.

There could be more snow in the Spokane area tonight until 8 p.m., but minimal accumulation is expected.

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