More snow was falling early Thursday following a record 24-hour snowfall for the metropolitan area, so much that city officials were seeing...

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SPOKANE, Wash. — More snow was falling early Thursday following a record 24-hour snowfall for the metropolitan area, so much that city officials were seeing red.

A snow advisory was in effect for the area with 2 to 3 inches expected by midday Thursday, a day after officials declared a “condition red” snow emergency, ordering crews to keep plowing nonstop until snow is removed from the city’s 967 miles of streets.

Road crews hoped to reach residential streets Friday “if no more snow falls,” according to a city statement. Besides the snow falling Thursday, the National Weather Service warned of another round of heavy snow on Saturday.

The city had 35 pieces of snow equipment on the streets Wednesday, including 26 plows, three sanders, and six deicers. Spokane County, which has many more miles of road, deployed 96 snow plows, road graders and sanders, said Wayne Storey, road operations and maintenance superintendent.

Eastern Washington has been hit by a series of snowstorms that have boosted an already high avalanche danger in the mountains and snarled traffic in rural areas and smaller towns and cities this week.

The state’s two principal east-west arteries, Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 2, were both closed early Thursday for avalanche control work near Snoqualmie and Stevens passes, respectively. I-90 was reopened east of Snoqualmie Pass after about a two-hour closure. U.S. 2 was closed for a longer period.

By Thursday night forecasters were expecting 30 inches of snow at 3,022-foot Snoqualmie Pass since Wednesday.

A record 5.4 inches of snow fell at Spokane International Airport in the 24 hours that ended at midnight Wednesday morning. That beat the previous record of 4.6 inches for the date recorded in 1909.

An additional 2 inches fell Wednesday morning at the airport for a total of about 7.4 inches, the most from a single storm since an 8.2-inch dump on Nov. 20, 2003.

“It was a very long duration snow for us,” said Michael Fries, a local weather service forecaster.

Typical snowfalls in the last four to eight hours, but “this was more than twice as long,” Fries said.

In records going back to 1881, the heaviest one-day snowfall in Spokane was 12.7 inches on Jan. 21, 1954.

The latest snow caused multiple school delays and closures Wednesday and lots of traffic woes.

“There are crashes everywhere,” Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeffrey J. Sevigney said. “We have trees down on the road on State Route 291 … we have multiple collisions on Interstate 90. Fortunately, we have had no reports of serious injuries.”

Avista Utilities reported that about 1,281 customers were without power Wednesday morning after falling trees and debris fell into area power lines. Nearly all were restored by afternoon.

Many volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to about 500 residents 55 and older each week, were unable to operate their usual vehicles, Executive Director Mollie Dalpae said.

“We called everyone we know who had four-wheel-drives and trucks to help get the food out,” Dalpae said.

Trucks delivering food to the nonprofit agency have twice been unable to make it over Snoqualmie Pass from Seattle because of foul weather, Dalpae said.

“We get a call in the early morning and have to prepare 500 frozen meals, which is great if (clients) have a microwave or ability to heat them up,” she said.