Another Day, Another Storm, More Feet of Snow and More Closures over Snoqualmie Pass

If traffic cameras could tell the story, then here’s a hint for the rest of today…. drive really slow and don’t try to go over Snoqualmie Pass.

At 12:45PM, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, eastbound I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass was closed…. yet again…. and not for avalanche control this time, but for multiple vehicle spinouts again needing to be cleared from the roadway.  Then a couple of hours later, both directions of the freeway closed from exit 34 in North Bend to exit 70 near Easton.  Tow trucks were heading up to the pass to remove cars again.

Wave after wave of storm fronts have made travel difficult for anyone heading over Snoqualmie Pass this week.  Local weather guys are even now strongly encouraging drivers to delay their pass travel plans.  Snoqualmie Pass received about 16″ of snow yesterday and over another foot is expected today.

The third in series of powerful weather fronts is making its way across Western Washington Tuesday afternoon, bringing more heavy rain, heavy passsnow and breezy conditions to the area.

Even the WSDOT Traffic twitter feed is feeling it, tweeting out: “Snow, avalanche control, sinkholes, flooding, closed passes…that’s our day, how’s yours going?”

State troopers who have spent the past few days dealing with numerous weather-related accidents are urging drivers to use caution and drive for the conditions – especially over mountain passes. Standing water from heavy rain is causing treacherous conditions on lowland freeways, too.

The weather is not expected to improve until later Tuesday afternoon in the lowlands and possibly later up in the mountains. Then another vigorous storm system is expected to pummel through Wednesday night into Thursday before things calm down a bit and skiers and boarders can finally start enjoying the fresh powder.

 

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