Snow causes messy morning commute in Inland Northwest | News
Several inches of snow fell in Eastern Washington Sunday night and into Monday morning, causing a messy morning commute.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The warning is in effect until around 1 p.m. Monday for the Spokane area and it will expire at 4 p.m. Monday for North Idaho.
The National Weather Service said between 2 and 5 inches will fall in the valleys and between five and ten inches is expected in the mountains.
Dozens of schools were closed or had late starts on Monday due to the snow. To see a full list of closures and late starts, click here.
A major trouble spot for many drivers was I-90 at the Argonne exit. According to Washington State Patrol, around 5:30 a.m., a tanker truck was driving westbound when it jack-knifed. Multiple vehicles, including an STA bus, slammed into the semi truck, causing a backup. Traffic was restricted to the right lane for at least an hour.
Spokane Mayor David Condon declared a Stage 1 snow emergency at 6 a.m. Monday. A Stage 1 emergency means snow removal crews will work 24 hours a day plowing all arterials, STA bus routes and streets in the residential hill routes. Cars must be moved from all arterials and STA fixed bus routes by 11 a.m. Monday. Vehicles must be parked on the even side of the street in residential hill areas by 6 p.m. Monday.
For a look at Monday's forecast, click here.