Heavy Snow, Multiple Spinouts Close Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass February 17th

UPDATE | February 17th 12PM

Pass reopened. Chains required.

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UPDATE |  February 17th, 9AM

According to WSDOT website:  I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass continues to be closed in both directions due to 30 inches of snowfall in the last 48 hours, with heavy snow fall continuing Monday morning. Washington State Patrol and WSDOT crews are in the process of clearing the roadway. Avalanche control work will also need to be completed before the road opens. The roadway is not expected to open for several hours. Eastbound traffic waiting near Exit 47 will be turned back west toward North Bend, to be able to wait near services.

Snow measure by the feet at Snoqualmie Pass, 2/17/14.  WA State Patrol trooper made it to top of the pass to provide this photo.

Snow measure by the feet at Snoqualmie Pass, 2/17/14. WA State Patrol trooper made it to top of the pass to provide this photo.

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Car buried in snow at Snoqualmie Pass, 2/17/14. Photo: WSP

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Looks like it’s a great week for the Snoqualmie Valley School District to be on mid-winter break.

Heavy snow, gusty winds wreaked havoc over Washington mountain pass overnight Sunday, causing closures by early morning, February 17, 2014.I90trucks

At 4:30AM, Interstate 90 was closed in both directions from North Bend to Ellensburg due to heavy snow and vehicle spinouts blocking the roadway over Snoqualmie Pass.  Traffic was backed up eastbound at Denny Creek as drivers waited for I-90 to reopen.

The North Bend closure began at exit 34, or at Truck Town, and ran for 75 miles to I-90 exit 106 in eastern Washington. It wasnsnowing hard with poor visibility at Snoqualmie Pass.  At 5:30AM, WSDOT said they did NOT have an estimated time for roadway reopening.

Heavy rain in the Puget Sound lowlands also caused many traffic delays. Drivers were urged to check WSDOT for latest traffic conditions before hitting the road.

 

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