SPOKANE, Wash. — Police say they are responding to several weather-related crashes on Tuesday due to adverse driving conditions in North Idaho and Eastern Washington.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that troopers in District 4, which covers much of Eastern Washington, had responded to 82 crashes since 4:30 a.m. Tuesdau.
A trooper with Idaho State Police showed a one-vehicle crash on I-90 as winter weather impacts the area.
The Washington State Department of Transportation said traffic was still slow in the Spokane area of 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
KREM’s Evan Noorani said two inches of snow had fallen as of 5 a.m. in Spokane, with an additional inch of snow possible before the end of the morning.
Snow has since tapered off in Spokane but is still falling in North Idaho on Tuesday morning.
A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect for Spokane and North Idaho until 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service Spokane said 2.3 inches of snow had fallen at the Spokane International Airport as of 6 a.m.
Tuesday marks the fifth day in a row that the Spokane area has seen snow.
A handful of schools around the Inland Northwest announced that they were closed or opening late on Tuesday due to winter weather conditions.
Some of the coldest temperatures of winter so far are also in the forecast this week. Tuesday and Wednesday's highs will likely hover near 20 degrees.
Spokane sat at 9 degrees with wind chill at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday. Other areas in North Idaho, such as Coeur d'Alene, almost reached zero degrees with wind chill.
Wednesday morning, however, could bring single-digit temperatures.
The Spokane Regional Health District issued a health advisory ahead of the bitter cold temperatures.
Health officials warned that exposure to these low temperatures and high winds can lead to serious or life-threatening health problems. The district recommends staying indoors as much as possible and limiting trips outdoors.
Sensitive populations and people with livestock and pets should exercise caution due to an increased risk of hypothermia and frostbite.
More light to moderate snow is on the way late Wednesday night into Thursday, and into the beginning of the weekend. A rain/snow mix is possible for Sunday.
A record-breaking seven inches of snow fell in Spokane on Friday, followed by several inches throughout the weekend and into Monday morning.
Coeur d'Alene received 6.5 inches of snow on Friday, while Pullman saw 4.5 inches of powder.
Colbert had 8.3 inches of snowfall to end the week, while Sandpoint had 7 inches.
Dozens of area schools were closed or delayed on Monday due to poor road and weather conditions.
The City of Spokane completed a full-city plow on Monday morning, but continued to focus on trouble spots and redoing main arterials.
Spokane County said on Monday that crews were finishing hilly residential areas before moving to flat residential areas on Tuesday.