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Yakima drivers learn the hard way that snow and hills don't mix

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YAKIMA, Wash- Driving in the snow is hard enough on flat surfaces, but tackling hills in this weather could create even more hazards.

KNDO received multiple reports Saturday of people getting stuck on hills.  This is of course a major concern in Yakima because it's such a hilly area.  One roadway in particular that caused a lot of problems Saturday is North 66th Avenue heading toward Cowiche Canyon Road.  There's a big hill at the Englewood intersection and that's where people have been getting stuck and doing a lot of slipping and sliding. We spoke to a man who helped get stranded cars out of the roadway.

"We had to push two vehicles out of the road just north of Englewood and there was cars backing down the oncoming traffic lane trying to get down the hill so they can get turned around cuz they can't make it up the hill", said Alan Epperson, a resident of Cowiche Canyon Road.

Not only is this a big safety hazard but it's a huge inconvenience to drivers.  North 66th Avenue is one of the only ways to get to Cowiche Canyon Road since the street closed for construction. 

In addition to traffic delays and stranded drivers these snowy roads have also been a factor in many accidents.  By 5pm Saturday alone, the state patrol had responded to over 31 accidents in Yakima, 27 in Sunnyside, and 27 in the Tri Cities.