Spring? State hit by snow, tornado
The state Transportation Department temporarily closed Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass between Ellensburg and North Bend on Thursday evening, citing snowy conditions and spun-out vehicles.
Compact snow, ice and spin-outs also temporarily closed a portion of State Highway 18 over Tiger Mountain, about 25 miles east of Seattle.
The National Weather Service office in Portland, Ore., confirms a weak tornado packing winds of 65 to 85 mph ripped apart a barn in Hockinson, Wash., near Vancouver. No one was hurt.
Irene Gitner tells KATU-TV she watched the sky turn black and a "white twister" settled on her family's barn roof.
The Weather Service in Seattle said hail and light snow fell in some other areas of Western Washington. Meteorologist Chris Burke said a drying trend should follow.
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