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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.


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January 27, 2014 at 6:14 AM

Rain, snow forecast midweek in Washington

The Associated Press After one more dry day, a change is expected in Washington’s weather tomorrow. The National Weather Service says light precipitation is expected Tuesday with a little more light rain and moderate mountain snow Wednesday and Thursday. The snow level is expected to drop below the Cascade pass level Wednesday afternoon, but no significant accumulations are…


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January 12, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Sunday memo: Mountain snow . . . Next for Seahawks . . . Legislature starts

Snowfall:  An email from the state Department of Transportation that includes mention of “multiple vehicles that are off the roadway and in need of tow trucks for removal” is never a good sign. But that’s the word from the DOT as of 8 a.m. Sunday from I-90 eastbound at milepost 47, near Denny Creek….


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November 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Cascade passes getting snow, some are closed

Winter may not be officially here, but it’s settling into the mountain passes. Chinook and Cayuse Passes are temporarily closed due to some 20 inches of new snow creating an avalanche danger, the Washington State Department of Transportation reports. WSDOT says the avalanche risk is too great to allow traffic to safely cross Highway 410 over…


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February 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Another windy rain-snow day in Washington

The Associated Press Forecasters say a cold front that moved into the Northwest overnight will bring more winds, rain and mountain snow today to Western Washington and a mix of rain and snow in Eastern Washington. One overnight gust of 52 mph was recorded at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and the National Weather Service says…


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January 9, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Pounding rain expected to let up today

Rainwater pours into a storm drain on 17th Avenue Northeast at Lake City Way Northeast Wednesday morning.The rain is expected to ease later today, but it’s expected to get colder and there could be a dusting of snow north of Seattle Thursday night. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times) Hoping for…


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February 24, 2012 at 5:59 AM

Gusty winds, mountain snow forecast for Washington

The Associated Press Forecasters say a storm front moving through Washington today will bring gusty winds and rain to Western Washington and up to 2 feet of new snow in the Cascades by late Saturday. The National Weather Service says there’s a chance of snow showers in the Western Washington lowlands Saturday but no accumulation is expected. Forecasters…


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