First Official Snowfall In Spokane - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

First Official Snowfall In Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. -

SPOKANE, Wash. - Several people woke up to snow Sunday morning in Spokane. The city received more than half an inch of snow, making it the first official snow fall for Spokane. Even though the snow did not stick and melted away, it still leaves moisture on the roads, making steep hills slick as the temperature gets lower through the night.

Several drivers say they take it slower to prepare for winter driving conditions.

"I just drive slower, have our studded snow tires, and pray," said Spokane resident Bonnie Sabiston.

"I drive slower and try to get up early," said Spokane resident Mark Flechlin. "Sometimes it is hard to plan because you don't know what the weather is going to look like. The weather man says it is going to snow, but sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't."

Whether or not it does snow more, the roads could still be a little slick when driving to work in the morning. The motto this time of year from the Washington State Department of Transportation is, "Ice and snow, take it slow."

According to the DOT, it only takes one person driving too fast or forgetting to prepare their car for cold weather to cause a chain reaction collision. They recommend driving a slower speeds, especially when approaching intersections, off ramps, bridges, or shaded spots. They also say it is a good idea to accelerate slower.

However, aside from driving slower, there are also a few other things you can do to stay safe this winter. For example, make sure to use your headlights, do not use cruise control, and leave extra space between you and the driver in front of you. Also, if you get stuck behind a snow plow this winter, stay behind it until it is safe to pass. The snow plow drivers have a limited line of sight, so the DOT says to stay back about 15 car lengths.

Finally, it may seem too early, but KHQ talked to one driver who already put on her snow tires.

"I typically get my snow tires on, actually I got them on last week," said Spokane resident Bess Butterworth. "I also just try to break about ten feet before I need to."

Although you may be thinking the lack of snow on the ground means it is too early for those snow tires, think again. The Washington State Patrol says you can start using studded snow tires already. The tires can be on your car from November 1st to March 31st.

Also just a reminder, if you drive through the pass this winter, studded tries are not a substitute for chains. If you have studded tires, but do not have four wheel drive, you would still need to put chains on your car when they are required.

It is also a good idea to check road conditions and information about the pass. You can find that information here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/inform

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

    Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

    Saturday, May 26 2018 2:33 PM EDT2018-05-26 18:33:58 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) - Engineers say damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely.    Hawaii News Now reports boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial. 

    >>

    HONOLULU (AP) - Engineers say damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely.    Hawaii News Now reports boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial. 

    >>
  • Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:58:21 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB

    DENTON, Mont. - A large wolf-like animal was shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton, Montana. It now has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was, according to KFBB. The animal came within several hundred yards of the rancher’s livestock. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said in a statement the rancher shot it and reported it as required by law. The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a 

    >>

    DENTON, Mont. - A large wolf-like animal was shot and killed May 16 by a rancher near Denton, Montana. It now has wildlife officials and the public wondering what it was, according to KFBB. The animal came within several hundred yards of the rancher’s livestock. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said in a statement the rancher shot it and reported it as required by law. The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a 

    >>
  • FIRST ON KHQ: Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud

    FIRST ON KHQ: Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:09 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:09:50 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars. KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, is accused of 1st Degree Theft by Welfare Fraud, Perjury in the 2nd Degree, and False Verification for Public Assistance. Her potential punishment under RCW 74.08.331 could include up to 15 years in prison.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Scouts honor veterans for Memorial Day with gravesite flags

    Scouts honor veterans for Memorial Day with gravesite flags

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:22 PM EDT2018-05-27 01:22:16 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of scouts have placed American flags on the graves of veterans in a ceremony ahead of Memorial Day.    More than 6,000 children including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts participated in the event Saturday at Los Angeles National Cemetery.    Each scout placed a flag in the ground by each grave and saluted.

    >>

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of scouts have placed American flags on the graves of veterans in a ceremony ahead of Memorial Day.    More than 6,000 children including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts participated in the event Saturday at Los Angeles National Cemetery.    Each scout placed a flag in the ground by each grave and saluted.

    >>
  • Moses Lake officers help double amputee finish 5K fun run

    Moses Lake officers help double amputee finish 5K fun run

    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:55 PM EDT2018-05-27 00:55:21 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Moses Lake man's fighting spirit was on full display Saturday morning during a 5K fun run in town. Double amputee Kevin Wheatcroft was running the race, par of Moses Lake's Spring Festival, when police say he had an issue with one of his prosthetic legs. Wheatcroft refused to give up though, and was escorted to the finish by Moses Lake Officers Francis and Harum.

    >>

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Moses Lake man's fighting spirit was on full display Saturday morning during a 5K fun run in town. Double amputee Kevin Wheatcroft was running the race, par of Moses Lake's Spring Festival, when police say he had an issue with one of his prosthetic legs. Wheatcroft refused to give up though, and was escorted to the finish by Moses Lake Officers Francis and Harum.

    >>
  • Post Falls man killed in motorcycle crash north of Wilbur

    Post Falls man killed in motorcycle crash north of Wilbur

    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:38 PM EDT2018-05-27 00:38:35 GMT
    Spokane man dead after rollover crash in OregonSpokane man dead after rollover crash in Oregon

    WILBUR, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports a Post Falls man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in Lincoln County. Troopers say it happened just after noon Saturday on State Route 21, about eight miles east of Wilbur. 75-year-old Larry Everett Merriman was headed northbound on the road, driving a black Yamaha XVS11AP motorcycle.

    >>

    WILBUR, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports a Post Falls man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in Lincoln County. Troopers say it happened just after noon Saturday on State Route 21, about eight miles east of Wilbur. 75-year-old Larry Everett Merriman was headed northbound on the road, driving a black Yamaha XVS11AP motorcycle.

    >>