Snowiest November Leads to Messy December Commute

Just hours after marking the snowiest November on record, drivers in the Inland Northwest woke up to slushy and icy roads and promises of a messy Wednesday morning commute.

The Cheney and Medical Lake School Districts canceled classes Wednesday, joining dozens of districts that delayed school for two hours because of road conditions. While roads were more slush-covered than ice-packed, drivers out in the early morning hours noticed problems at the usual trouble spots, like the Argonne Hill in Spokane Valley. Two semis ended up stuck on the hill just before 5 a.m. and more plows had to be called in to help with conditions there. Argonne was blocked at Wellesley because of power lines down on the road.

Spokane ended "Snowvember" with a bang Tuesday, with the blast of snow pushing the city over the record for snowfall for the month. Spokane recorded 25.9" of snow in November.

Tuesday's snow fall put the City of Spokane back into a Stage One Snow Emergency. That means all cars need to be cleared from arterials and fixed STA bus routes Wednesday morning.