Updated with snow closures: Slick roads send cars spinning in the Tri-Cities

Chilling winds blow winter into the Tri-Cities

Watch as the first snowflakes start falling in the Tri-Cities creating slick roadways and causing closures and delays for schools and government agencies around the region.
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Watch as the first snowflakes start falling in the Tri-Cities creating slick roadways and causing closures and delays for schools and government agencies around the region.

The collisions started almost as soon as the snow started flying Friday morning.

Locations, including the Columbia Basin College campus, are closing and events are being canceled because of the storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of the Mid-Columbia through 1 p.m. Sunday.

It was predicting possibly six to eight inches of snow to fall in the Tri-Cities by 10 a.m. Sunday.

The Washington State Patrol is asking drivers to slow down after multiple crashes and spin-outs along Interstate 182 and Highway 395 as the snow started sticking just before 8 a.m.

The state patrol recommended drivers be particularly careful on bridges, ramps and overpasses that are likely to be icy.

Its advice is to consider postponing weekend trips until later in the month when roads may be better.


There were reports of sliding cars and trucks across the Mid-Columbia, and two of them sent people to the hospital. A woman went to Lourdes Medical Center shortly after 9:35 a.m. after a Highway 395 crash. Rene Gomez, 32, of Connell, was driving a Honda Civic north when a Dodge Magnum slowed in front of her, the Washington State Patrol said.

She didn’t stop in time and hit the car.

Her passenger, Hermelinda Gomez, 62, of Connell, was hurt. No one else was hurt in the crash.

A 91-year-old Kennewick woman ended up going to Prosser Memorial Hospital when the Ford Expedition she was riding in slid off Interstate 82.

Steven L. Horne, 68, of Kennewick, was behind the wheel heading west at 10:20 a.m. when he lost control. The SUV slid off the road, the Washington State Patrol said.

His passenger, Dorothy L. Nystrom, 91, of Kennewick, was not hurt in the crash.

The Washington State Patrol gave both Rene Gomez and Steven L. Horne tickets for driving too fast in the snow.

Snow Closures:

Here are the latest closures and delays caused by Friday’s snowy weather. This list will be updated throughout the day. Send notices to news@tricityherald.com.

Pasco School District: All after-school activities, programs, practices and games are canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This includes the basketball playoff games at Chiawana and Pasco on Saturday, the drama production at Pasco High on Friday and Saturday, and the chess tournament scheduled for Saturday at Curie STEM Elementary. Afternoon preschool classes at the Pasco Early Learning Center are canceled for Friday.

WIAA Regional Wrestling: The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association canceled Saturday regional wrestling matches around the state. Many wrestlers will now advance to the state tournament at the Tacoma Dome Feb. 15-16. Each weight class could have up to 32 wrestlers instead of 16, thought to be a first. Tri-City wrestlers were scheduled to be competing in Camas, Othello. Royal City, Ellensburg and Yelm.

High School Basketball Playoffs: All 3A and 4A playoff games scheduled for Friday and Saturday are postponed. Friday’s 3A games will be played on Tuesday. Tuesday’s 3A consolation games move to Wednesday. Saturday’s 4A games will be played on Tuesday. Wednesday’s 4A games will be played as scheduled.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: All staff, both on its Richland campus and based at PNNL facilities on the Hanford nuclear reservation, were ordered to leave work immediately at 11 a.m.

Franklin County Courthouse: The courthouse closed at 3 p.m.

Hanford Site: Swing and graveyard shifts are canceled Friday for all employees but those assigned to work essential to safety and security. Many employees work 10-hour shifts Monday through Thursday and have the day off.

Hanford Vit Plant: Plant construction and startup work is canceled for day and night shifts Saturday and Sunday. Snow removal crews should report on Sunday only. the 24/7 shift should report to work as normal.

Columbia Basin College: All campuses closed. will close at noon and will remain closed through the weekend. All previously scheduled events, athletic practices, library and classes for Friday, Saturday, Sunday are canceled.

Meals on Wheels: No home delivery and dining centers are closed except for the cafe.

Kasey Anderson concert: The Saturday concert scheduled at Brewminatti in Prosser is rescheduled for March 22.

Pasco School District: READY! for Kindergarten parents workshop planned for Saturday at McClintock STEM Elementary is postponed to 10 a.m. March 9.

WSU Tri-Cities: Campus will close at noon. It will not be plowed over the weekend so individuals are advised to stay away. (updated information)

Kennewick School District: Schools were closed Friday for a pre-planned professional day. All events, activities and playoff competitions for Friday through Sunday are canceled.

Richland School District: All middle school after-school activities and high school playoff basketball and girls wrestling events are canceled for Friday. On Saturday middle school solo and ensemble music performances and high school regional wrestling and swimming events are canceled.

Kingspoint Christian School: The extended day program will close at 4 p.m.

Christ the King School: The Middle School Mystery Dinner is postponed until Feb. 22.

City of Prosser: City Hall closed at noon. The Daddy and Daughter Sweet Prom has been rescheduled for Feb. 23.

YA Survival Tour: The young adult author tour that was planned for Feb. 9 at Barnes & Noble at Kennewick is being rescheduled to 4 p.m. March 29.

Heritage University: The Toppenish campus is closed on Saturday.

Check back for updates.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.