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Inland Northwest wakes up to fresh blanket of snow; Snow advisory canceled

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Drivers take it easy on snowy city streets Thursday morning in downtown Spokane. Drivers take it easy on snowy city streets Thursday morning in downtown Spokane.

SPOKANE, Wash. - The National Weather Service canceled its snow advisory for eastern Washington and North Idaho at 9 a.m. on Thursday.  The system that prompted the warning dumped a fresh coat of snow all over the Inland Northwest overnight.

Local roads and highways are snow-covered, with Washington State Patrol reported several slideoffs on I-90.  No one was seriously injured in any of the crashes, many of which happened west of the Spokane city limits.

The Department of Transportation closed Snoqualmie Pass around 4:45 a.m. for avalanche control, then again at 8:30 a.m.

Freezing temperatures in Western Washington have been replaced by the more-typical milder wet weather. It's the Thursday thaw for snow and ice that accumulated earlier this week. The morning commute in the Seattle area went smoother than in days past, but it will take a while for some places to return to normal.

Two to four inches of snow fell in the valleys around Spokane.  Upwards of six inches fell in the more mountainous areas of the region.

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