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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

November 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Weekend snow in the mountains

Update at 4:30 p.m.: Traction tires are now required for both directions of Highway 2 at Stevens Pass. Chains are required for vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross trailer-vehicle weight, or larger than a Ford F-350.

Update at 2 p.m: Westbound Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass is now open. Traction tires are advised for both eastbound and westbound traffic.

The view of both Stevens Pass summit and Snoquamie Pass summit from WSDOT webcams as of 4:15  Saturday afternoon.

The view of both Stevens Pass summit and Snoquamie Pass summit from WSDOT webcams as of 4:20 Saturday afternoon.

Update at 1:10 p.m.: Eastbound Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass has reopened; westbound is still closed. Chains are required on all vehicles except those with all-wheel drive.

The current travel time between Ellensburg and North Bend is 88 minutes.

Original: If you are planning on driving over the pass for Sunday’s Seahawks game, or to get a jump on Thanksgiving travel, you may need to give yourself some extra time.  A winter weather advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Saturday, increasing to a winter storm watch Saturday night.

On Saturday, 4 to 7 inches of snow is expected for elevations above 2,500 feet, with another 12 to 18 inches expected Saturday night through Sunday afternoon for elevations above 3,000 feet — which includes both Stevens and Snoqualmie passes.

Snoqualmie Pass closed in both directions on Saturday morning due to spinouts, with hopes of reopening by 1 p.m., according to Washington State Department of Transportation. Traction tires are advised for Stevens Pass.

Johnny Burg, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, advised travelers who plan to drive over the passes to make sure they have traction tires or chains as well as extra food, water and blankets in case of an emergency.

To take a look back at memorable Seattle-area snows, click here.

Stevens Pass ski area spokesman Chris Danforth told KING 5 the resort could open by Thanksgiving if the mountain gets enough snow. Saturday morning it was well on its way — the snow total for the last 24 hours was 11 inches.

Comments | Topics: mountain snow, Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass

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