Snow followed by freezing rain Tuesday night, crashes in Spokane nearing two dozen

January 9, 2019

Light snow followed by freezing rain coated Spokane before nightfall Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, and slick road conditions are causing crashes.

“It would be a good afternoon to stay home,” NWS meteorologist Laurie Nisbet said.

The snow fell until Spokane until about 5 p.m. and was followed by freezing rain for several hours. After midnight, the freezing rain or snow on the ground will likely melt, she said.

The Spokane Police Department received almost two dozen collisions from 4 p.m. to about 8:20 p.m., according to its Twitter account, and cautioned drivers to slow down.

“Icy roadways are very slippery and dangerous right now,” the tweet stated. “Avoid unnecessary travel. If you must drive SLOW down and leave lots of distance between vehicles.”

The snowfall for the airport totaled about 0.6 inches and in downtown about 0.4 inches, Nisbet said.

Spokane County road crews are spreading sand and de-icer on emergency roads and arterials, according to a news release from Spokane County Public Works. Crews will stop working at midnight and resume at 4 a.m. Wednesday.

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