Ice causes slip and slide for many in the Columbia Basin
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Thousands of people all over the Tri-Cities woke up to a sheet of ice blanketing the region, creating dangerous driving conditions.
That ice turned into a slick situation for folks just trying to get to work in the morning.
“The roads were very bad,” said Sergeant Ryan Boyce of the West Richland Police Department. “They had a thick sheet of ice on it, similar to a hockey rink. And with the result of that, the roadways were almost impassible.”
While main roads were clearer, side roads and hills were problem spots for many.
Boyce said two roads were so treacherous they had to shut them down completely--Collins Road and Harrington Road.
“Overnight it became solid ice, and we weren't able to get a Public Works vehicle up the hill to maintain it,” Boyce said.
The weather brought down a Charter Cable fiber line that fell onto I-182, causing even more delays and slow downs.
“We've all been sliding around; it's been very slick,” Boyce said. “Especially when you get out of the vehicle.”
Boyce said amazingly, there weren't any car crashes in West Richland--though Washington State Troopers said they were responding to spin outs and crashes all morning in our region.
“Right now if they don't have to go anywhere, I’d still recommend just staying home, staying put. Let the weather warm up,” Boyce said.
But if you do have to go out, take it extra slow.
Watch the video above for icy footage sent it from around the Columbia Basin.