Updated at 1:42 p.m.
SLICK ROAD CONDITIONS LINGER THIS MORNING
• Snow is likely again tonight throughout Lewis County with the only specific weather message for the region issued this morning focusing on the Interstate 5 corridor through Cowlitz County where one to four inches could fall. Cold temperatures and snow last night led to numerous vehicles sliding off the roadways but no serious injuries, according to responders. The freeway through Chehalis was like a ice rink for a couple of hours during the evening, Chehalis Fire Department Capt. Casey Beck said. “Nobody got hurt, we just got ‘em off the freeway as quick as possible,” Beck said. One person was transported from one of three collisions in the area of the state Route 505 interchange, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. The state patrol says this morning, both U.S. Highway 12 and state Route 508 into East Lewis County look fairly good but traction tires are advised. Still, there is compact snow and ice on backroads, which are very slick, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Rob Snaza said. “Just because the sun is out, don’t be fooled the roads are better,” Snaza said. It’s only 22 degrees in Napavine, for example, he said. County crews are out sanding this morning.
• As many as three vehicles were involved in a mess on the hillside in the area of Southeast 16th and Prospects streets last night including a Chehalis police patrol vehicle. An officer in an SUV was responding about 8:30 p.m. to cars in ditches and his SUV started to slide on the ice and was involved in some kind of collision, Chehalis Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said. Another vehicle tried to pass them and slid into the patrol vehicle and then a sand truck was somehow involved as well, Kaut said. Nobody was injured and the Washington State Patrol was asked to conduct the investigation, Kaut said.
• Centralia police responded about 7:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue where a clerk said two individuals attempted to pass a counterfeit $10 bill, according to the Centralia Police Department. An officer was provided with a description of their vehicle and them and are investigating, according to police.
LOST AND FOUND
• An officer was called to the 700 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis yesterday when a baggie of unmarked green pills were found in the loose nuts and bolts area of a hardware store. They are destined for destruction, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute; requests to check upon an elderly man on a scooter out of doors but not dressed for the cold weather, a pickup truck doing spin outs on a city street … and more.