Snow, sleet, freezing rain. Roads could get worse in the Tri-Cities

Snow started to fall late Tuesday night and continued through much of the night and Wednesday morning in the Tri-Cities.

However, less than an inch had accumulated by 7 a.m. in much of the Tri-Cities.

That meant most students were going to school as usual.

Some schools were reminding parents that they could choose to keep their children home or bring them to school later in the morning if they believed safety was an issue.

Prescott elementary and high school closed for the day, and Meals on Wheels food deliveries and dining centers were again canceled or closed because of the road conditions.

Snow overnight coating
A Kennewick resident uses a broom early Wednesday to sweep a layer of snow off a car parked on South Garfield Street as a motorist drives by on the snowy roadway. Another overnight snowstorm dusted much of the Mid-Columbia with the winter precipitation. Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

Roads were slick, warned the Benton County Sheriff’s Office on social media as the morning commute was beginning.

Highway 241 from near Sunnyside to Highway 24 was again closed Wednesday morning because of drifting snow, but Washington state Department of Transportation could have the road cleared by 1 p.m., it said.

Road conditions could get worse as the day continues.

The National Weather Service was forecasting as much as one to two inches of snow and sleet accumulation during the afternoon Wednesday if it didn’t melt first.

Snow turned to a wintery mix of snow and sleet, sometimes mixed with freezing rain, after 10 a.m.

Snow is possible Wednesday night and could be mixed with freezing rain before 10 p.m. when a winter weather advisory is set to expire.

The chance of a wintery mix of precipitation Wednesday night is 60 percent, with less than a half inch of snow and sleet accumulation expected.

Cold to persist

The Tri-Cities should get some relief from snow starting Thursday.

Skies should be at least partly or mostly sunny Thursday through Saturday.

The early forecast predicts some patchy freezing fog mornings and evenings Saturday night through the Monday morning commute.

A slight chance of rain and snow is predicted Monday night as temperatures remain abnormally cold for March.

Highs should be in the low to mid 30s through Monday and lows should be in the low 20s through Monday night in the Tri-Cities.