UPDATE: Icy Roads In Grant County Slows Drivers; At Least 20 Cra - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Icy Roads In Grant County Slows Drivers; At Least 20 Crashes Reported

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OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE FROM GRANT COUNTY - Road conditions have greatly improved throughout today after icy roads caused multiple traffic collisions and forced the temporary closure of some Grant County roads Friday morning. Light rain and overnight freezing temperatures caused iced-over conditions on most Grant County roadways.

Nearly 25 reports of vehicle collisions were received by the Grant County Sheriff's Office this morning. Most vehicles were unable to gain traction on iced-over roads, and ended up in ditches or at the bottom of roadway inclines. Deputies en route to calls also discovered many other unreported minor collisions. All types of vehicles were affected, from passenger vehicle to tractor-trailer rigs. There were no injuries caused by any collision, and many collisions resulted in little or damage to vehicles or property.

The frequency of collisions peaked during the morning commute. By 10:30 a.m., collisions had decreased, outside temperatures had warmed to above freezing, and County Road crews had applied sand and deicer to most of the icy roads. It is expected that road conditions will continue top improve as the day goes on.

The Washington State Patrol worked closely with the Sheriff's Office to handle the amount of collisions. In addition, citizens also assisted keeping roads safe. Sheriff's Sgt. Dean Hallatt reported employees of El Oro Cattle Co. applied soil and sand to Road 3-SE near R-SE near their feedlot to help motorists avoid collisions due to icy roads.

Grant Co. Emergency Management received word from local schools regarding their status. Moses Lake Schools, Ephrata Schools, Moses Lake Christian Academy and St. Rose of Lima School of Ephrata all closed for the day. Other local schools were on modified schedules such as two-hour start delays with morning programs canceled.

Aside from the collisions, no other weather-related emergencies were reported.

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the Columbia Basin. Their forecast includes colder temperatures and more snow next week.

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