The latest snowstorm hit at just the wrong time late Thursday afternoon and early evening, leading to almost 50 wrecks in Chelan and Douglas counties.
That included 17 wrecks in Wenatchee alone in an hour and a half span between 3 and 5:30 p.m.. There were no injuries reported in the collisions.
The Wenatchee wrecks were scattered from one end of the city to the other, with no one particular trouble spot.
Captain Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department said motorists need to be mindful of changing conditions and slow down.
“Yesterday we had that period of heavy sudden snowfall about 3:30 that was coupled with a little drop in temperature and things suddenly got slick, where they really hadn’t been all day,” Reinfeld said.
He said the bulk of the accidents involved people driving too fast for conditions or following other vehicles too closely.
“The answer, of course, is always to slow down and increase your following distance but it’s especially important when the surface is changing or the surface is potentially slick,” Reinfeld said.
East Wenatchee had six accident reports Thursday, and Chelan County five.
Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said state highways in North Central Washington were also slick and troublesome Thursday.
WSP responded to 110 collisions, 42 in Kittitas County, 42 in Grant County and 21 in the Wenatchee area.
Bryant too said most of the accidents involved people driving too fast for conditions.