Another perfect storm

LEWISTON - A winter storm packing a real wallop roared into the the Inland Northwest Saturday night and Sunday.  

Scattered power outages, crashes and dangerous driving conditions led police to recommend that everyone avoid driving until conditions improved.

The Idaho State Police said Sunday  there had been numerous slide off's and crashes in North Idaho and that emergency driving only was recommended.

The Idaho Transportation Department said road conditions were poor on all highways from Lewiston north. Driving conditions in the Lewiston and Orofino area were good earlier Sunday, but only fair in the Grangeville area. U.S. 12 turned hazardous west of Orofino.

The Washington Department of Transportation said that U.S. 195 from Colfax to Spokane was covered with snow and ice. SR 124 was closed between milepost 23 and milepost 27, 10 miles west of Prescott due to snow and icy road conditions and a semi rollover. Officials were waiting for weather conditions to improve so the semi could be uprighted.

There were power outages reported in areas throughout eastern Washington and North Idaho.

The National Weather Service said the storm, which has dumped heavy snow on much of the region, will slowly move out to the east. A snow advisory remains in effect on the Palouse until 10 p.m. Sunday and on the Prairie from 7 p.m. Sunday until 7 a.m. Monday.

Another storm was looming off the Pacific coast Sunday, with the possibility of more snow throughout the week.

For conditions:

Washington DOT

ID Transportation Department

Idaho State Police

Washington State Patrol

National Weather Service