Heavy snow closes I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass

Heavy snow closes I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass

Credit: WSDOT

Plan ahead: WSDOT says pass conditions are bad and won't be improving Tuesday evening.

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on February 18, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Tuesday was shaping up to be another busy weather day for Western Washington and the Cascade passes.

Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass remains closed in both directions from Easton to North Bend due to spinouts on the road. WSDOT tweeted at 4:40 p.m. that I-90 will remain closed for several more hours as crews clear collisions and do necessary avalanche control.

KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott said rain and wind were expected to pick up around 7 a.m. with the heaviest rain coming between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Up to an inch of rain is likely in some places. Wind gusts could reach 45 mph inland and 60 mph along the coast. Highs will be in the mid-40s.

Another 6-to-14 inches of snow is possible in the major Cascade mountain passes. Snow levels are expected to rise to 3,000-feet before dropping down to 2,000-to-2,500 feet later in the afternoon or evening.

The heavy snow is likely to mean more closures on I-90 and Highway 2 over Stevens Pass for avalanche control or disabled vehicles. There were multiple pass closures Monday. Check pass closures: Snoqualmie Pass | Stevens Pass


Snow levels could drop to as low as 1,000-feet on Wednesday, bringing some mixed snow and rain or wet snow to people living in those areas. Areas closer to sea level could see rain and isolated ice pellet or thundershowers Wednesday.

Download the WeatherCaster App and the Seattle Traffic App for updates on the go.

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