March 21, 2013 at 9:28 PM
Snow closes I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass; WSDOT says it will reopen at 11:30 p.m.
The Associated Press
Sure, it’s spring, but today’s weather in Washington featured enough snow to close the main east-west route across the Cascade Mountains and a barn-busting tornado in the southwest part of the state.
The Washington State Transportation Department has temporarily closed Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass between Ellensburg and North Bend this evening, citing snowy conditions and spun-out vehicles. WSDOT says the pass is expected to re-open at 11:30 p.m.
Compact snow, ice and spin-outs also temporarily closed a portion of State Highway 18 over Tiger Mountain on the Eastside.
The National Weather Service office in Portland confirms a weak tornado packing winds of 65 to 85 mph ripped apart a barn in Hockinson, Clark County. 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 says hail and light snow fell in some other areas of Western Washington. Meteorologist Chris Burke says a drying trend should follow.
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