- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Residents of the Spokane region woke up to about three inches of snow Wednesday, snarling the morning commute and causing school delays.

The Washington State Patrol warned of icy conditions west of Spokane on Interstate 90. Multiple vehicles slid off U.S. Highway 2 near Airway Heights.

Numerous schools reported closures or delays. The Pullman School District was closed and the Moses Lake School District operated on a two-hour delay.

In Spokane County, road crews applied deicer on Tuesday night and began plowing and sanding roads at 4 a.m. Wednesday, the county said.

The National Weather Service reported that 3.3 inches of snow fell on Spokane by Wednesday morning, with up to seven inches falling in the Palouse.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service was predicting heavy snows in the Cascade Range starting Thursday.

“A cold front will bring showers and more mountain snow on Friday,” the Weather Service said, with more than a foot of snow expected in some areas. Heavy rains are forecast for low-lying areas of Western Washington.

The state Department of Transportation said Wednesday it hoped to reopen White Pass in the Cascade Range by Christmas. A major storm last week caused numerous washouts on Highway 12 on both sides of the pass.

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