(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
A few inches of snow overnight turned Chewelah back into a winter wonderland and snarled traffic in Spokane, as people dealt with their morning commute. A vehicle accident caused a big backup north of Spokane on Highway 395 that caused the southbound commute to slow to bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Highway 395 from Clayton to Colville had compact snow and ice on its surface along with bare, wet and slushy conditions in spaces. A rollover was reported on Highway 395 across from the Chewelah Casino.
It should be an interesting next few days as temperatures in the vally begin to rise. Snow showers are expected to kick back up at 3 p.m. and continue to about 8 p.m. when temperatures warm up enough for that snow to turn to rain.
It will then rain through Saturday as temperatures will be in the 40s. This could cause hazardous driving conditions and a watery mess in the valley.
49 Degrees North continued to get more snow and as of Thursday morning there were ten inches of snow at the lodge and 25 inches at the summit. Mountain passes will continue to see snow and higher up elevations could get as much as two feet of snow. People are asked to check pass conditions before traveling and give themselves plenty of time to slow down.