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March 3, 2014 at 5:40 AM

Snoqualmie Pass reopens across I-90

UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. | Snoqualmie Pass has reopened in both directions, according to WSDOT. Traction tires are advised and oversize vehicles are prohibited. The current weather is overcast skies with occasional rain showers.

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. | Snoqualmie Pass, which closed late Sunday night due to heavy snows, downed trees and avalanche danger, is expected to open by 4:30 p.m., according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

UPDATE: 8:40 a.m. | WSDOT crews have performed avalanche control and road crews are now working to clear snow, trees and debris from the roadway.

Here's a image of Snoqualmie pass looking west Monday morning. (WSDOT photo)

Here’s a image of Snoqualmie pass looking west Monday morning. (WSDOT photo)

UPDATE: 5:30 a.m. | Interstate-90 over Snoqualmie Pass remained closed this morning due to extremely heavy snowfall and slides, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Fallen trees also are blocking the roadway.

The highway is closed eastbound from exit 33 near North Bend and westbound from milepost 71 near Easton, milepost 81 near Cle Elum and milepost 106 near Ellensburg.

Crews are doing their best to clear the roadways and avalanche control and assessment crews are on the job, but there is no estimated time for reopening the highway, according to the Transportation Department.

The department also says Highway 2 over Stevens Pass would be closed at times Monday morning for avalanche control. Meanwhile, chains are required on all vehicles, according to The Associated Press.

Highway 12 over White Pass remains open early Monday with traction tires required.

ORIGINAL POST: The westbound lanes of Interstate 90 were closed late Sunday between Ellensburg and North Bend due to harsh winter weather.

The roadway was closed because of “slide activity” near North Bend, according to the state Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

WSDOT was also performing avalanche-control work in both directions on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass.

“Eastbound traffic is stopped near Gold Creek, milepost 56, and westbound traffic is stopped near Price Creek, milepost 61. Avalanche control generally takes from 20 minutes to two hours to complete. Once WSDOT crews assess snow volume brought down by the blast, an estimated reopen time can be determined,” according to WSDOT.

It was unclear late Sunday when the roadway would reopen.

Comments | More in Traffic & Transit, Weather Beat | Topics: I-90, Snoqualime Pass, WSDOT


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