Overnight snow affects roads, closes Snoqualmie pass, more snow to come Thursday afternoon

<p><p>Snow blanketed Spokane overnight, leaving roads icy with more snow expected to fall Thursday afternoon.</p></p><p><p>The storm that blew into Spokane Wednesday night, brought more than 1 ½ inches of snow to Spokane International Airport between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., said Laurie Nisbet, meteorologist at the National Weather Service Spokane. </p></p><p><p>More snow fell in some parts of Spokane, like the South Hill, she said. </p></p><p><p>Snoqualmie Pass closed in both directions early Thursday morning after more than 9 inches of snow. Power was out at the summit and there was near zero visibility, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.</p></p><p><p>“It’s snowing hard,” Nisbet said. “An inch or more an hour.”</p></p><p><p>The Department of Transportation said the pass will be revaluated at 1 p.m. Thursday for potential re-opening.</p></p><p><p>Stevens Pass was open Thursday morning but conditions were difficult with compact snow and ice on the roadway, according to the state transportation website.</p></p><p><p>Near the Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 2 interchange in Spokane a semi truck and car crash that left the truck jackknifed and fully blocking the interstate at about 8 a.m. Drivers should exit at Geiger, according to WSP.</p></p><p><p>The crash was due to speed too fast for conditions, said WSP Sgt. Greg Riddell in a video posted on Twitter. The driver of the car sustained non-life threatening injuries, Riddell said.</p></p><p><p>The road partially reopened at about 10 a.m.</p></p><p><p>The city of Spokane urged people to drive for road conditions in posts on social media. The city had plows and deicers out throughout the night focusing on arterials before moving to side streets.</p></p><p><p>Multiple flights into Spokane International Airport were cancelled Thursday morning including five flights from Seattle to Spokane and six flights from Spokane to Seattle on Delta, Alaska, and American Airlines, according to the airport’s website. Another slew of flights were delayed.</p></p><p><p>Nationwide there have been more than 8,600 flights delayed and more then 2,600 cancellations, according to FlightAware. </p></p><p><p>A second wave of snow is expected to fall across the state Thursday afternoon, Nisbet said.The storm likely will bring another inch and a half of snow to the Spokane area, maybe more depending on if center of the storm moves north or south. </p></p><p><p>“It’s really variant on that,” Nisbet said of the amount of snow people will see. “As you head south you will see more snow for sure.”</p></p><p><p><a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/dec/29/cold-and-covid-disrupt-travel-plans-across-state/” target=”_blank”>A winter storm warning</a> was issued for the 24-hour period from 4 a.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Friday for much of the Palouse. Heavy snow was expected around Tekoa, Rosalia, Pullman, Uniontown, Moscow and Potlach, according to the weather service advisory.</p></p><p><p>By Thursday evening the weather should dry out but won’t warm up, Nisbet said. The low temperature overnight is forecast to be 3 degrees.</p></p><p><p>Saturday likely will be even colder with a forecast low of minus-4. </p></p><p><p>“The reading on Saturday could be the coldest we’ve seen yet with this cold outbreak,” Nisbet said.</p></p><p><p>The coldest reading so far in the cold snap was 4 degrees on Tuesday morning, she said.</p></p><p><p>“After this round of snow today, it doesn’t look like we have snow in the forecast again until Sunday evening into Monday,” Nisbet said.</p></p><p><p>For those <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/dec/29/cold-and-covid-disrupt-travel-plans-across-state/” target=”_blank”>traveling this week</a>, going east toward Montana will likely have decent road conditions with light snow Saturday and Sunday but little accumulation, Nisbet said. </p></p><p><p>Traveling to or from the West Side of Washington likely will be difficult all week but Nisbet said Saturday will likely be a better day to travel than Sunday. </p></p>