January 31, 2012 in City

Rain, snow block several highways

By The Spokesman-Review

Heavy rain and snow blocked at least one highway in Washington on Monday and left standing water on other highways in North Idaho.

State Highway 27 near Oakesdale, Wash., was blocked in at least three locations north and south of the town as rain and snowmelt gathered in low-lying areas.

In Idaho, several highways had standing water or icy slush, according to the Idaho Transportation Department. They included Idaho Highway 200 from U.S. Highway 95 to the Montana state line as well as U.S. Highway 2 east of Ponderay.

Up to 2 inches of rain fell in lower elevations of North Idaho on Sunday, while about a half-inch was measured at Spokane International Airport.

As much as 15 inches of snow was reported at higher elevations in Idaho.

National Weather Service forecasters were calling for another round of rain tonight with a snow level at 2,700 feet in elevation. Conditions should dry out later in the week.

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