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Sunday’s snowfall in Spokane breaks daily record; slick roads caused slide-offs Monday morning

Nov. 6, 2017 Updated Mon., Nov. 6, 2017 at 2:46 p.m.

From staff reports

Snowfall in Spokane on Sunday was the most on record for Nov. 5.

The National Weather Service said 3.2 inches of snow fell at Spokane International Airport. The previous record was 1.9 inches in 2013.

The airport already has had 6.5 inches of snow in November – 6.1 inches more than is typical by now. But only 2 inches was reported to still be on the ground at the end of the day.

With cold temperatures and more light snow overnight, Spokane County deputies were reporting “extremely icy” conditions Monday morning on roads in north Spokane, said Trooper Jeff Sevigney, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol.

Muliple slide-offs were reported, and Bigelow Gulch Road was closed between Pleasant Prairie and Forker because of conditions, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputy Mark Gregory, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said he was not aware of any major injuries from the slide-offs.

County spokeswoman Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter said crews laid down sand and de-icer on Bigelow Gulch Road on Sunday and were investigating how a sheet of ice managed to form by Monday morning.

The city of Spokane reported its crews were out with de-icing and sand trucks focusing on hilly areas.

Snowfall is expected to end by about 8 a.m., and the day is expected to be mostly sunny. Precipitation is next in the forecast Wednesday night, but that may fall as rain.

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