Snowy, icy roads could impact morning commute

Slippery, snowy roads made travel difficult throughout the region Wednesday.

Between 11:00a.m. and 6:00 pm, Washington State Patrol says they responded to 63 crashes in district 4, including 46 in Spokane County.

A collision in Kettle Falls between a logging truck and a vehicle left both drivers injured and blocked State Route 20 for hours.

Those planning to head to the west side might need to think again. All three mountain passes were closed as of Wednesday night.

A three vehicle, minor injury collision closed blocked Stevens Pass for part of the afternoon.

Our own city streets were troublesome too…

But, crews headed out Wednesday night to clear some of the trickier stops.

“At 11:00p.m. is when we’ll go in and start those residential routes, plowing residential hills, and so we ask citizens to move their cars to the even side,” said City spokesperson Julie Happy.

When the city declares a stage one snow event, they have to allow six hours before they begin, so we can all move our cars.

“We really need our citizens help to park in your driveways or just move your car to one side so we can widen that street for everyone’s benefit,” Happy said.

More curb-to-curb access for the plows means clear roads and, hopefully, a less hectic morning commute on Thursday.

“They can expect to see that we’ve plowed those main arterial roads, we’ve put de-icer down, we’ve sanded where needed, we’ve begun our plow on residential hill routes and you’ll see the continuation of that, and see that start of Browne’s Addition plow of those north south routes,” Happy said.

Freezing rain overnight might turn that snow into icy slush, so budget a little extra time for your drive on Thursday- just in case.

For more information about plow routes and priority roads, check out the city’s snow removal website here.