Snowfall and icy conditions wreak havoc on Spokane roads

Car crashes into street lamp on Lincoln

SPOKANE, Wash. — A sprinkling of snow caused major backups in downtown Spokane and along I-90 on Tuesday. 

Fender benders and slide offs continue to keep first responders busy into the night. 

It didn’t take long for some streets to turn into a sheet of ice, catching some drivers off guard- including one on E. Upriver Drive. 

The white car slid off the road across from Felts Field and went into the Spokane River. 

Police say the driver made it out safely and is being treated for minor injuries and back pain. 

READ: Icy winter roads send car into Spokane River

In downtown Spokane, cars slid near first and Lincoln. It was enough to send one pickup careening into a street light. 

The road was so slick, some pedestrians had a difficult time crossing. 

In that same block, a driver slid into a parked car, causing some damage. 4 News Now is told that driver did leave behind a note with their contact information and an apology.  

In Post Falls, westbound I-90 was blocked for more than an hour as Idaho State Police responded to a serious injury collision. The interstate has since reopened. 

Earlier in the afternoon, state troopers responded to a fatal crash south of Ritzville involving a car and a semi. 

With more snow on the way, expect a slow and slippery commute come Wednesday morning. 

Tune into Good Morning Northwest starting at 5 a.m. for the latest traffic updates.