I-90 Reopened after High Winds, Downed Trees Close Stretch from North Bend to Ellensburg

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) closed a 72 mile portion of I-90 (in both directions) overnight due to high winds, accidents and

SnoPassseveral downed trees near Snoqualmie Pass.

At 4:45AM, December 2, 2013, WSDOT reported the stretch of freeway between North Bend and Ellensburg was still closed, with no ETA for reopening.  WSDOT crews waited until daylight to assess the situation and were able reopen the freeway at 6:30AM, but warned drivers to expect heavy snow and gusty winds in the passes –  and to use caution.  Traction tires were advised.

WSDOT asked drivers to use US 2 as an alternate route during the overnight closure, but warned it was experiencing heavy snow, with chains required over Stevens Pass.

Snow is expected in the Cascade Mountain passes all morning.  Drivers are urged to take it slow and drive for the conditions.


Photo: WSDOT Twitter Feed

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