The latest shot of winter arrived Tuesday afternoon, causing numerous car crashes around the region, including one fatal collision, with several inches of snow forecast to fall overnight into Wednesday morning.
Light snow started falling in the Spokane area between 1 and 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Less than a half-inch of snow accumulated on the ground, but conditions became slick on some roadways.
State Route 261 just south of Interstate 90 was closed in both directions following a head-on crash involving a semi-truck that killed one person near the Love’s Travel Stop at 3 p.m., according to the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State Patrol.
A two-car collision fully blocked eastbound Highway 2 at Russell Road west of the I-90 interchange just after 4 p.m., according to a tweet from the Washington State Department of Transportation. The crash left only one open lane of travel in each direction on the highway.
Collisions on I-90 through Spokane backed up traffic in both directions.
Snow and slush were covering the road on Highway 395 southeast of Mead at about 4:45 p.m., according to WSDOT. One car was involved in a rollover crash with no injuries that blocked the highway just south of Deer Park for several miles. Three people involved in a two-car crash were transported to the hospital around 3 p.m.
A crash on westbound I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass backed up traffic for miles as crews cleared the wreck. The interstate was projected to reopen at 6 p.m., and chains were required on non-all-wheel-drive vehicles headed east.
Across the border, Idaho State Police responded to multiple crashes near milepost 5 of westbound I-90 that blocked all lanes just before 7 p.m., according to a news release. ISP reported a serious injury crash in the Post Falls area on I-90 at about 7:45 p.m.
Snow stopped falling in the Spokane area at around 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
NWS predicted snow accumulations will reach 1 to 3 inches by mid-morning Wednesday. The high temperature is projected to be 38 degrees.
Much heavier snow is falling in the Cascades. The Palouse and surrounding mountains should also see more snow.
Warming weather will trail the storm, including the possibility of snow mixing with rain Wednesday afternoon.
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