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Police warn drivers to expect slow, slippery morning commute

Cindi Miraglia, Durham School services bus driver, had to stop and put on chains to make the icy hill on 37th Avenue at Havana Street after an overnight snowfall, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

A couple inches of snow overnight is creating a slick morning commute in Spokane.

The National Weather Service measured 2.1 inches that fell since Tuesday evening at its office on the West Plains.

Many arterials as of 6:30 a.m. remained covered in snow in Spokane. The city and the state Department of Transportation tweeted that their crews are de-icing and plowing.

Spokane police warned drivers that roads are slick and that multiple collisions have been reported. The Washington State Patrol reported a car hauler crashed on a hill outside Colfax.

The weather service reported that snow stopped falling at their office about 6 a.m.

“The snow is done for today,” said Ron Miller, weather service meterorologist.

It should be a cloudy day in Spokane with rain starting around sunset and continuing through most of the night, Miller said.

“It’s going to be a little breezy tomorrow but nothing really of note,” Miller said.

The high temperature Wednesday is expected to be about 36 degrees and temperatures should warm up Thursday to a high of 43.

“Any snow that you have around is most likely going to be melted by tomorrow afternoon,” Miller said.

While there is a 20% chance of snow Thursday and Friday the weekend is expected to be dry with low temperatures in the mid-20s and highs in the mid-30s.