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Washington deadline to remove studded tires

Washington deadline to remove studded tires

Monday is the deadline for drivers to remove studded tires.

Drivers with studded tires after Monday could get a $124 ticket.

The Transportation Department wants studded tires off the road because they cause highway ruts and damage bridge decks.

Rockslide partially blocking SR 195 near Rosalia

A rock slide is blocking all of the southbound lane and part of the northbound lane of SR 195 between Rosalia and Plaza.

At least one vehicle has hit the rocks and is not drivable. There may be additional vehicles that hit the rocks.

The road is partially blocked and there is no estimate on when the road will be cleared.

Spokane drivers struggle with snowy roads

Snow returned to the Inland Northwest with a vengeance Monday. Emergency crews were busy all day cleaning up crashes on the roads.

From 5 a.m. Monday until about 7:30 p.m. there were more than 150 collisions or slide-offs called into 9-1-1. Many minor slide-offs were not reported.

Snow fell during peak commute hours and slowed traffic from Grand to I-90. Along South Arthur, the smallest of slopes were too slippery for some.

"This year, this was the worst so far that I've experienced," said driver Kathy Parrott.

Washington DOT, Spokane County, and Spokane City plows worked throughout the night clearing roads as quick as they could.

The city of Spokane hesitated on calling a Stage One Snow Event, that would result in an all out plow of Spokane, because the forecast was so off.

KXLY ran into several good Samaritans helping people navigate the roads. Jonathan Seaman-Cwik and his dad helped push drivers up maple.

"There were a couple guys towing the bigger ones and then we'd just push them from behind," he said.

Kathy Parrott's front-wheel drive minivan made the trek up the South Hill twice this evening.

Truckers stay the night in Spokane, hope for better pass conditions tomorrow

Truck drivers say the Petro Stopping Center off exit 272 on I-90 is a nice place to stay during a long haul. It has a restaurant, fresh coffee, and most of the essentials they need. But many drivers on Monday night, didn't want to be there. They were stuck.

"I was told to camp out here for the night," one driver said.

Snow closed I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass for several hours Monday morning and afternoon. While it opened up the resorts with fresh powder, it shut down the plans of many truck drivers. Halting their loads and packing the 250 overnight spots at Petro for trucks.

"It was a bunch of mess, a lot of snow," John and Kim Brown said.

The couple's trip was slowed down when they waited three hours Monday morning for the pass to reopen. Tomorrow they'll head home.

"I'm from Georgia so, I'm not used to this, haha," John Brown said.

"The highways were closed from Ellensburg to North Bend," said truck driver Troy Nell.

Even though it's the beginning of the week, Nell is already behind.

"I'm stuck here until tomorrow morning. Hopefully I can get over tomorrow morning," he said.

Icy roads cause hectic morning commute

Icy roads cause hectic morning commute

Icy road conditions caused a hectic morning for emergency responders around Spokane on Thursday with many accidents and slide-offs reported.

Authorities reported serious accidents at Bigelow Gulch and Argonne, on Highway 2 near Airway Heights and on Palouse Highway near State Route 27.

Other accidents were reported throughout the area. Some crews were called out for extrications.

Authorities are warning people that even though roads look fine, there is built-up ice to be aware of.

Flooding closes several roads across Inland Northwest

Flooding closes several roads across Inland Northwest

Warm temperatures across the Inland Northwest have led to rapidly melting snow and flooding around the region.

There are reports of water over the roadway in Reardan, Davenport, Odessa, Harrington and Colfax.

The Washington State Patrol is reporting several road closures due to water over the roadway as a result of the snowmelt.

In Lincoln County, SR 231 has been closed between Interstate 90 and SR 2. State Route 23 has also been closed between St. John and Sprague. Between Sprague and Harrington SR 23 is open but flooding has been reported in numerous locations along the road and could be closed at any time as of 3:30 p.m.

Water has undercut part of the roadway on SR 27 five miles south of Oakesdale, with part of the northbound lane washed away, but the road remains open.

SR 25 has one lane open north from Davenport.

In Whitman County, water is also reported over the roadway in Colfax.

In Spokane County, water is reported over the roadway on SR 27 three miles north of Latah; water is also over the roadway on State Route 2 two miles west of Airway Heights.

Crews working to clear the roads across Inland Northwest

Crews working to clear the roads across Inland Northwest

Spokane street crews are out in force Wednesday evening, working to plow roads and spread deicer along principal arterials and bus routes.

The street department has crews working around the clock with up to 35 pieces of equipment available to clear the roads.

Over in Coeur d'Alene, crews started a city-wide plow at 5 a.m. Wednesday. Street superintendent Tim Martin expects that crews will wrap up Thursday at noon.

Thankfully there were no major accidents to report Wednesday morning but there were a number of close calls out on the roads.

Of course, when the weather conditions deteriorate, keep some common sense strategies with you as you drive in the snow, such as decrease your speed, increase your following distance with other cars in the road and it's a good idea to clear your windshield before you hit the road.