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By Olivia Harnack
Special to The Gazette 

Whitman County roads closed due to snowdrifts


Last updated 1/3/2022 at 9:04am

COLFAX — Serveral rural roads are currently blocked due to drifting snow.

State Highways 26, 127 and 194, were among those blocked due to snowdrifts on the highway.

Many other rural roads were closed, too, including some where vehicles were stuck in drifts on the roadway, officials said. A Tekoa School District vehicle was among those reportedly stuck and abandoned.

Plow crews are working on clearing the drifts, officials said.

The National Weather Service reported that the winter weather is severely affecting the following towns: Potlatch, Rosalia, Clarkston, Plummer, Pomeroy, Colfax, Tekoa, Moscow, Genesee, Alpowa Summit, Uniontown, La Crosse, Pullman and Oakesdale.

The blowing snow has caused delays and closures at schools across the region.

In Whitman County, the Tekoa and Colton districts canceled classes. And Rosalia, Colfax and Oakesdale were running two hours late.

According to the National Weather Service, road conditions won't be getting better anytime soon.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. today and residents and motorists can expect to experience winds of up to 50 mph.

Another 1-3 inches of snow is expected to fall this afternoon, as well, the service reported.


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