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.
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.More