WALLA WALLA – A quickly passing rain system that froze on impact caused two-hour delays for schools and hazardous conditions for motorists this morning.
Road conditions were fairly dry until the a small system of rain clouds crossed over the valley from 6:23 a.m. to 6:49 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Even though temperatures were well above freezing in the region, the ground wasn’t.
“It was not without warning. This time of year we get these freezing rains,” Washington State Patrol Sgt. Michael Eggleston said. “The ground is still frozen deep an it takes a while for the ground to warm up.”
Eggleston said state troopers had five reports of ice-related mishaps.
Walla Walla County dispatchers had two ice related collisions this morning at Myra Road at 6:56 a.m. and Rose Street at 7:41 a.m.
While emergency officials had several reports, tow truck drivers were still busy.
Lightfoot’s Towing in Walla Walla reported a dozen assist as of 9:30 a.m., and they still vehicles that needed to be pulled back onto the road.
No injuries were reported.