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After a week of overcast, snow and sleet, the lifting of the weather Saturday shows an inverted winterscape in which the upper elevations of the Blue Mountains southeast of Walla Walla are nearly bare of snow while the lower elevations remained icebound ­— instead of the other way around. The topsy-turvyness was the result of an upper level inversion created by warmer temperatures at higher altitudes. The National Weather Service is predicting a good chance of rain today for the Valley, with highs in the mid-40s and lows in the mid-30s.

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Ice turns roads into skating rinks

US Highway 12 was closed for about three hours while emergency responders helped drivers stuck in ditches.

TOUCHET - From sliding to slushing: The weekend's weather started with dozens of motorists spilling off the glassy roadways and ends with melting mounds of welcome slush.A warm-weather system that swept through the area Saturday brought much-needed relief


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