ARCTIC BLAST: Bearing Down Hard on Walla Walla

ARCTIC BLAST: Bearing Down Hard on Walla Walla
WALLA WALLA -- Emergency crews weren't ready to declare an the snowy conditions an emergency Friday, but there were several reports of white out conditions and it was certainly dangerous for some folks to get around.

"I've been around a long time and I've never seen anything as a complete white out," Walla Walla County Commissioner David Carey said.

The county courthouse was a warm refuge from the snow storm outside. It dumped nearly 20 inches in two days.

"there were white out conditions, I feel anyway," Walla Walla resident Maria Garcia said.

"it's been a long time since we've had snowfall like this," Walla Walla Police Sergeant Randy Allessio said.

The day before, the snow shut down every county government office but the road crew.

And even that was treacherous.

"I couldn't see the road, it was -- I've never seen anything like it before," Carey said.

At one point, county commissioners asked people to stay off the roads completely because they were so dangerous. Many were impassible.

"I pulled several people out of ditch yesterdat," Carey said.

The roads are now open in Walla Walla but plows still have a lot of work to do.

It got so bad, Milton-Freewater shut down its bus and taxi service.

"we can't hardly get out of the parking lot to go to a call or help people because rear-wheel drive just can't get around," Allessio said.

For the first time in a long time the Walla Walla Police Department chained up their rigs.

Was the snow is crippling city and county services?

"I wouldn't say it's crippling us, but we can't get to people as fast as we normally do," Allessio said.

"If it were up to me I'd tell people it to stay inside if they can," Garcia said.

Officials said snow plows worked through out the night, Friday night, and they may do it again Saturday since more snow was expected.

Milton-Freewater reps said the bus service should start running on Monday. The taxi service may start up again Saturday unless the area's hit hard by snow Friday night.

While the roads may be better tonight than they were last night you're still asked to stay inside if you can.

It will really help them get ahead of the conditions.