Snow Wallops Parts Of Washington State

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A snowstorm is closing schools, canceling flights and causing accidents in parts of Washington state.

State police say there were 95 accidents in an eight-hour period in the two counties that include Tacoma and Olympia. Most were spinouts.

A trooper says drivers "need to pick a rut and stay in it," because "if you get off the beaten path, you're in deep trouble."

Forecasters say Olympia could break its record of 14 inches of snow in a 24-hour period. The city had about a foot of new snow on the ground this morning.

Areas south of Olympia could get 20 inches. Tacoma had about 7 inches.

Seattle has escaped the worst of the storm, but drivers had to contend with icy and snow-packed roads during the morning rush hour.

Southeastern Washington is expected to get 6 to 10 inches of snow, and up to 2 feet of fresh snow could fall in the mountains.

One forecaster says the snow will taper off tomorrow and "good old rain" should return Friday and Saturday.

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