Another round of snow fell Thursday across the Inland Northwest, with more to follow in coming days, according to the National Weather Service.
Northeast Washington and the northern part of the Idaho panhandle were supposed to receive the most snowfall Thursday, with 6 to 8 inches expected in Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry and Kettle Falls. Areas between Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Ritzville and Colville were expected to get 4 to 6 inches, the National Weather Service reported.
Two inches had fallen at the weather service’s office near Airway Heights by 6 p.m. Thursday, according to Miranda Cote, meteorologist at the weather service.
More winter weather will follow Friday night into Saturday, but will have its biggest impact in central Washington, National Weather Service meteorologist Charlotte Dewey said. Spokane and Coeur d’Alene may see 1 to 3 inches of snow Saturday, but central Washington could see as much as 8, she said.
The fog that was partially responsible for a 30-car pileup on Interstate 90 Wednesday morning was expected to remain for the foreseeable future, Dewey said. Also, wind gusts of 25 mph were expected between Pullman and Wilbur, she said.
“One of the bigger changes is probably going to be, starting Monday or Tuesday, we are probably going to see temperatures with highs in the low 20s” across the Inland Northwest, she said.
Snoqualmie Pass was closed in both directions Thursday morning after multiple vehicle collisions that damaged sections of concrete barrier as a result of heavy snow, the Department of Transportation said. The pass reopened at about 12:30 p.m.
The Washington State Patrol tweeted Thursday night that snowfall was “picking up,” and a crash on U.S. Highway 195 at Thorpe Road blocked a northbound lane.
Vehicle slide-offs temporarily closed State Route 291 south of Suncrest, WSP tweeted. The agency wrote Thursday that several slide-offs were reported on U.S. Highway 395 in the Spokane area.
S-R reporter Garrett Cabeza contributed to this report.
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