Eastern Washington and North Idaho are expected to receive light snow on Sunday, which could lead to slick conditions on Interstate 90 and other highways as many return home from an extended Thanksgiving weekend.
The National Weather Service office in Spokane predicted snow accumulations will total 1 inch or less throughout Eastern Washington, while areas near the Cascade Range will see 1 to 2 inches sticking to the ground.
The snowfall is expected to begin Sunday morning over south-central Washington and spread north throughout the day, reaching the northeast corner of Washington and the tip of the Idaho panhandle by the evening, according to the weather service.
The snowfall should cease by 11 p.m. except for some showers in mountainous areas, according to the weather service. Daytime temperatures in Spokane are expected to peak at 32 degrees.
Icy conditions contributed to one serious crash north of Ellensburg on Saturday morning.
According to the Washington State Patrol, a 23-year-old man was driving an SUV south on Highway 97 and entered the northbound lane to pass traffic, then lost control and struck a northbound pickup truck occupied by a 74-year-old driver and a 32-year-old passenger. Both vehicles were totaled.
The crash occurred about 5 miles south of Blewett Pass, and the 23-year-old had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The occupants of the other vehicle were not taken to a hospital, according to the WSP.
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