The first major snowfall of 2014 led to a flurry of car crashes Wednesday as drivers struggled on slick streets. Spokane and Coeur d’Alene received about 3 inches of snow by 8 a.m. Wednesday, and the snow started again just in time for the evening commute, kicking off another round of slide-off crashes.
Police and the Washington State Patrol received reports of 150 accidents in Spokane County between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department responded to 21 accidents between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.
More snow is expected today. North Idaho and areas of Eastern Washington north of Spokane are under a winter storm warning until 4 p.m. today. National Weather Service forecasters were calling for more than a foot of snow in the North Idaho mountains, including Lookout Pass, through this morning.