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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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October 8, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Sheriff’s Office searching for hiker, dogs near Snoqualmie Pass

UPDATE, Thursday, 6:25 a.m. | The missing hiker has not been found and the search will resume at daylight Thursday morning, King County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Stanley says. ORIGINAL POST | The King County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing hiker and her dogs near Snoqualmie Pass, according to a news release. Paula Reuter, 21, …

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September 26, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Rock blasting on Snoqualmie Pass starting earlier next week

If you’re headed over Snoqualmie Pass next week, plan for slowdowns and closures for construction. Rock blasting at the pass will be moving up to 6 p.m., according to a news release from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). State and contractor workers will close Interstate 90 at 6 p.m. for about an hour  Monday through…

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April 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Traffic snarls coming to Snoqualmie Pass for 2 weeks

Construction-related bottlenecks in the big city will be relatively minor this weekend, but motorists crossing the state Sunday can expect delays as long as two hours for crews east of Snoqualmie Pass  building detour routes for the summer work season. The state Department of Transportation (DOT) will reduce travel to one lane in each direction for two…

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March 23, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Man dies in avalanche at Granite Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass

A man died in an avalanche Saturday at Granite Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass. The man was hiking with another man when the avalanche hit them. The man who died was buried in the snow, but the other man was able to dig himself free and walked out to get help, according to the King County Sheriff’s…

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March 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Caution advised after morning crashes on Snoqualmie Pass

After more than 10 collisions this morning, the state Department of Transportation is advising caution on Snoqualmie Pass and has been issuing advisories either requiring or recommending traction tires and chains. Read the latest here. Trooper Chris Webb of the State Patrol said heavy winds and cold temperatures created ice on the road this morning, causing vehicles…

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February 19, 2014 at 5:53 AM

Snoqualmie Pass is open

Snoqualmie Pass is open this morning after being closed yesterday due to dangerous road conditions. Right now traction tires are required and chains required on vehicles over 10,000 gross weight, says the state Department of Transportation. There’s snow, slush and ice on the roadway and it was snowing as of 5:30 a.m. Stevens Pass, which was closed yesterday…

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February 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Stevens Pass reopens; Snoqualmie Pass to reopen at 10 p.m.

UPDATE, 10:02 p.m. | Westbound Interstate 90 has reopened, WSDOT said. Traction tires are advised and oversize vehicles are prohibited. UPDATE, 9:57 p.m. | Eastbound Interstate 90 has reopened, WSDOT said. Traction tires are required and chains are required on vehicles with more than 10,000 gross vehicle weight. UPDATE, 9:39 p.m. | Highway 2 over Stevens Pass…

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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…

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