Several Early Accidents When Snow Started To Fall - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Several Early Accidents When Snow Started To Fall

SPOKANE, Wash. - The first heavy snowfall of the winter arrived in Spokane County overnight as people around the area woke up to white stuff on the ground Friday morning. Trooper Troy Briggs with the Washington State Patrol said there were seven accidents when he first got on his shift.

Trooper Briggs recommends when it gets cold like this obviously slow down, but increase your following distance and steer gently. He talked about how the speed limit in place reflects the appropriate speed when conditions are ideal, but Friday's conditions are far from that right now. Briggs said a few weeks back when the temperatures dropped briefly they saw a number of accidents on bridges. Briggs said from now until the end of winter drivers need to use extra caution on bridges.  

"People need to recognize where they're traveling through this area that there are a lot of bridges and they get slick fast," Briggs said. "They just need to make sure that they're aware of that when they're going across those."

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