UPDATE (2:45pm): i90 was open through Snoqualmie Pass for about 2 hours but now is closed again EASTbound to remove disabled vehicles. WSDOT says this will take a couple of hours. Clearly, it’s going to be a busy day for our WSDOT and traffic will be slow and heavy so be sure to tune into 1610 a.m. for traffic updates.
Original story: HIGH SNOW & high anxiety as Washington States DOT reports that I 90, Snoqualmie Pass is still closed at 9am this morning, eastbound at North Bend and in the westbound direction at Easton Cle Elum and Ellensburg, due to continuing heavy snow, and some of Summit at Snoqualmie’s Alpental and Central lifts are experiencing delayed openings (their other areas are closed today). WSP and WSDOT Crews are in the process of clearing the roadway. Avalanche control work will 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, to be able to wait near services. Tune into 1610 a.m. for traffic updates. Weather forecasters were spot on with this storm: Alpental area received 17″ and 20″ of new snow at their base and top, respectively, in just the last 12 hours. ANOTHER 30″ is forecast by tomorrow night and our local news is already suggesting that folks avoid driving the passes today. With the heavy snowfall, avalanche danger in the backcountry remains high. Travel in the backcountry is not recommended. Visit nwac.us for avalanche forecasts. Live to ski another day!