January 25, 2012 in Region

Heavy snow at Washington Cascade passes

Stevens closed; Snoqualmie open, but likely to close
Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Heavy snow is making travel difficult or impossible through Snoqualmie and Stevens passes — the two main east-west highway routes through the Washington Cascades.

Both were closed Tuesday evening. The Transportation Department reopened Interstate 90 through Snoqualmie Pass Wednesday morning, but it has no estimate on reopening Highway 2 through Stevens Pass.

The department says the avalanche danger in the mountain passes is high, and Snoqualmie Pass will likely be closed again sometime Wednesday.

The National Weather Service forecasts another 11 to 17 inches of snow by Thursday morning in the passes.

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