Washington Highways Shutdown by snow
Snowstorms briefly shut down the state's three largest highways as cars slid into one another and off the roads.
The snow had mostly ended Thursday morning but snarled the Wednesday evening commute. There were dozens of crashes and at least one highway was backed up for miles. No major injuries were reported.
"We've had such good weather for the past few weeks and then this blasted weather comes," said Jeff Adamson, a state Transportation Department spokesman. "A lot of people took off their studded tires and are getting ready for spring. They forget that it's still winter."
Heavy snow has made for dangerous driving conditions in Colorado and Washington state.
There have been multi-vehicle accidents with injuries in both states.
The storm dumped a-half foot of new snow on parts of Colorado. Wrecks and hazardous conditions forced the shutdown of a 12-mile stretch of Interstate 25 north of Colorado Springs. State police say a school bus was sent to pick up stranded motorists and take them to a hotel. Eighteen people were taken to hospitals.
The storm front that brought snow and icy weather and a massive pile-up on Snoqualmie Pass Wednesday dropped more snow through the night.
U.S. Highway 2 in Snohomish County was closed for several hours this morning after a semi-truck jackknifed around 4 a.m. near milepost 38 east of Index, according to the Washington State Patrol. Power lines were downed in the incident, police said. It highway reopened at 7 a.m.