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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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March 5, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Stevens Pass reopens after avalanche closure

UPDATE, 3:56 p.m. | Stevens Pass has reopened in both directions, according to WSDOT. ORIGINAL POST | Highway 2 going across Stevens Pass is closed this morning after an avalanche buried the roadway. The avalanche went across all four lanes of the road. The closure extends from milepost 54 to milepost 64.5, according to the state Department…

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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 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 5:59 PM

Skier dies after hitting rocks at Stevens Pass

A man died today after apparently hitting some rocks while skiing at Stevens Pass. Officials did not have details today about whether the man, who was identified only as in his 30s, was doing jumps or just skiing when he hit the rocks, said Lt. Brandon Vargas with the Gold Bar Fire Department. Fire department crews this…

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February 12, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Father, son injured in Stevens Pass avalanche

GOLD BAR  (AP) — The two men injured in an avalanche Tuesday at Stevens Pass are a father and son from La Conner. The men were just outside the ski area at a place called Big Chief, Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett told KPQ. Stevens Pass Ski Patrol rescuers said 23-year-old Eric Marble suffered head and…

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November 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Ski slopes open at Stevens Pass, Crystal

Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain resorts are opening early this weekend after the first significant snow hit the Cascades Friday. About 10 inches of snow accumulated at 3,000 feet at Snoqualmie Pass, according to the National Weather Service, and 21 inches piled up at 4,000 feet at Stevens Pass. More precipitation is expected Monday, but that forecast…

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December 25, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Passengers in Highway 2 accident still hospitalized

Two adult children and the son-in-law of the couple killed on Highway 2 near Leavenworth Friday remained at Harborview Medical Center Tuesday, all in serious but stable condition. Three children of Bothell residents Timothy Owen and Cheryl Janine Reed were passengers in the Chevrolet Suburban driven by Owen when it was struck by a falling tree. Jessica Owen,…

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December 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Highway 2 now open east of Stevens Pass

The Associated Press  State transportation officials who feared Highway 2 would remain closed between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass announced the passage had reopened late Tuesday.  The 35-mile stretch of highway was closed Saturday after accidents involving downed trees left a Bothell couple dead and several people injured.  At about 3:15 p.m. on Christmas, state transportation officials announced the highway…

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December 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Highway 2 closed east of Stevens Pass until further notice

Highway 2 is still closed from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth. Traffic can still reach the summit from the west, but drivers trying to go east of that will have to use alternate routes such as US 97 Blewett Pass to I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Traction tires are still advised for…

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