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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Friday morning snow sticks to streets, slows commute; warmer temperatures on the way

By Kip Hill and Garrett Cabeza The Spokesman-Review

Winter reared its head again Friday morning in Spokane, dropping several inches of snow on roadways as temperatures hovered around freezing.

The National Weather Service in Spokane reported 4.8 inches of snow Friday at the Spokane International Airport, shattering the 2.8-inch daily snowfall record for March 10 set in 1950.

Snow showers stopped around 5:30 p.m. in the Spokane area, according to Krista Carrothers, meteorologist at the weather service.

The Washington State Patrol reported about 17 crashes on roadways throughout the area Friday, said Trooper Ryan Senger. Most roadways were bare and wet with some slush on the shoulders, he said.

Senger reported on the state patrol’s Twitter page that road conditions Friday morning on U.S. Highway 195 and state Route 26 in Whitman County were poor because of snow and ice. Senger encouraged Washington State University students to delay their Spring Break travel plans until conditions improved.

Senger tweeted Friday afternoon that U.S. 195 was blocked south of Spangle because of two collisions. The highway opened later that afternoon.

Temperatures will warm up for the weekend, with highs in the low to mid-40s Saturday and Sunday, and potentially in the 50s Monday, Carrothers said. High temperatures are expected to continue to hover around 50 degrees through the work week, with possible snow showers overnight.

Carrothers said any snow accumulation would be limited and melt during the day. Rain is possible Sunday and likely Sunday night through Monday night, according to the weather service.