WSP troopers respond to over 100 crashes in first big snowfall of the season

Massive snowstorm hits the inland northwest

SPOKANE, Wash. — The first big snowfall of the season hit the Inland Northwest on Friday, closing roads and prompting Spokane area drivers to stay inside.

Just after 8:30 p.m., Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney took to Twitter, saying troopers in the Spokane area had already responded to 120 crashes.

Of those crashes, 62 happened within Spokane city limits.

Slick roads had drivers in different parts of the city searching for alternate routes.

Crews closed off a portion of Stevens and 6th, Spokane Police said, because the roads were so slick, drivers were stuck in place. The road was reopened as soon as plows cleared the roadway.

Earlier in the day, a semi that got stuck on Division in North Spokane prompted a massive traffic backup that lasted nearly 30 minutes.