Deteriorating weather conditions lead to crashes, slideoffs

Published On: Oct 24 2012 05:15:38 PM PDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2012 04:31:34 PM PDT
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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

From black ice to frost, Wednesday morning's commute proved that winter is coming sooner than many expected.

From downtown Spokane to Post Falls thick fog filled the roadways which, combined with black ice along area roadways made things quite dicey during the morning commute.

"It's the season, the weather is changing, we are going to have these bad road conditions," Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.

On the Idaho roadways there were 11 accidents between state line to Post Falls. I-90 at Exit 2 was closed for about an hour so crews could clear up the accidents.

In Spokane County deputies responded to about two dozen slideoffs. In one incident, a single car rollover near Campbell Road and Watson Lane in Otis Orchards happened when the driver hit a patch of black ice.

"I don't think people realized what they were up against, they didn't realize that the fog can play a huge role in nasty road conditions when it's below freezing," Chamberlin said.

In a matter of weeks, the roads will be covered in snow making for even more dangerous driving conditions.

"You need to become way more of a defensive driver, meaning that one or two car lengths between you and the vehicle in the morning, you need to extend that by the following distance," Chamberlin said.

"In a perfect world, folks learned their lesson today so next time it rains and we have freezing weather the next morning hopefully this was our learning lesson this morning," he added.

Of course the best way to avoid a crash is to slow down and leave plenty of distance between yourself and the car in front of you.