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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

February 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

I-90 east re-opens; another storm to hit Snoqualmie Pass

Update 6:06 p.m.: Interstate 90 eastbound at milepost 34, near North Bend, to the summit has re-opened.

The state Department of Transportation re-opened the road late this afternoon after closing it earlier due to multiple spin-outs.

Eastbound drivers are required to chain up their vehicles at milepost 47, near Denny Creek, before heading over the summit.

Original post:

Interstate 90 eastbound from milepost 34 near North Bend to the summit was closed this afternoon following multiple vehicle spinouts.

The state Department of Transportation, which ordered the 2:30 p.m. closure, did not have an estimated re-opening time, saying it depended on a variety of factors including weather and how long it would take for tow trucks to clear the road.

I-90 westbound was still open as of this afternoon.

Chains are required for all vehicles except all-wheel drive vehicles going west.

I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass had been closed until late this morning due to snowfall and avalanche danger.

About 28 inches of snow have fallen on the pass in a little over two days, said Josh Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The weather service this afternoon issued another storm warning for Snoqualmie Pass, forecasting 10 to 20 inches of snow to fall from 6 a.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

In the Seattle area, the National Weather Service says there’s a chance of evening thunderstorms tonight with lows in the mid 30s to lower 40s and southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph.

For Tuesday, the weather service forecasts rain and breezy weather with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s and south winds — becoming southwest in the afternoon — of 15 to 20 mph.

 

 

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