Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow Day in North Idaho, and then some

There's been so much snow here in north Idaho and in nearby Spokane that it's a new 24-hour record: 28 inches, 12 more than the previous 1955 record. I'll have pictures of the area around my house up soon (Update: they're now posted and viewable, as well as video), but the Spokesman Review has a wonderful online gallery from across the region, where the three photos in this post came from. I don't believe my mother has ever had a snow day from work before, but there was at least a foot of unplowed snow on our (fairly major residential) street here in when she got up this morning, and it's still coming down at 4pm. I have to laugh every time the newspaper posts a new cancellation report, because just face it: EVERYTHING is canceled, and will be again tomorrow. City offices, schools, roads, two of Spokane's three malls, and on and on. The freeway is open, but only barely; policy are only responding to emergency calls and have asked everyone to stay home. The CDA deputy city administrator said the storm "is absolutely off the Richter scale." Follow breaking news at the Spokesman Review's new breaking news blog, which includes video.

It sounds like yesterday was actually worse for wrecks - makes sense, since more people were on the roads. I did some driving then and the slick conditions were the worst I've seen in a long time. Here's today's slightly calmer police scanner traffic report from Dave Oliveria. The one at 10:51am is my favorite:

2:39 p.m. Lights not recycling @ Sherman Avenue & Lake Coeur d’Alene Drive.

2:13 p.m. Woman at Lake Villa reports that her ex-boyfriend is sitting in his snow-covered Pontiac Grand Am at the entrance to the apartments, possibly drinking.

1:57 p.m. A semi truck has jackknifed on Lincoln Way, south of Ironwood Drive, and is blocking the southbound lanes. (Officer is seeking a tow truck than can handle a truck with a trailer load of 15,000 pounds.)...

1:18 p.m. Traffic lights aren’t recycling in two directions at the Pleasant View intersection.

10:51 a.m. Private Plower: “We finally got in there and plowed that area — dogs, cats, sprinkler heads and all. You can get about 3 or 4 cars in there now. We’ll assess the damage in the spring.”

10:41 a.m. Woman in a car with children is stuck in the middle of an I-90 on-ramp in Coeur d’Alene area, blocking traffic.

10:39 a.m. 2-car T-bone accident @ 95 & Hanley. Extrication not needed. But the locks in one car are jammed. So people are stuck inside.

8:39 a.m. White pickup w/studs traveling 55-60 miles an hour w/b on I-90 @ Huetter, causing hazard w/speed.

8: 34 a.m. Patrol officer and another car was almost hit head on by two trucks traveling in excessive speed on Highway 41.


Jordan said...

I like the 8:39am one; 55-60 mph! Wow.

Nathan Empsall said...

Dude, the last couple days traffic's been at 19 in 35s. To be doing 60 that early in the day yesterday was borderline suicidal - heck, to be on the freeway at all was almost suicidal until a litttle later.

Jordan said...

Well keep me in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow; as I make the eight (normally six and a half) hour drive from Poky to CDA.

Nathan Empsall said...

I'm headed in the general direction of bed and bedtime prayers right now, I'll be sure to put in a good word for you with the big guy! :) Thankfully things aren't nearly as hairy now as they were yesterday and Wednesday. 19 slide-offs today, 51 yesterday, and all the real nasty wrecks Wednesday. And my brother made it up from Boise in his new (used) truck last night. So you should be fine. :)

BTW, Loogie ignored your call 'cause we was havin' lunch. This after me own car got stuck on an unplowed sidestreet by his house. You'll have to join us next time.