Snoqualmie Pass To Remain Closed On Wednesday

Feb 11, 2019

Traffic is moving well along the arterials in Spokane, but the snow is getting deep in residential areas and in entry points to main roads.
Credit Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Updated: 4:30 pm Wednesday

NEW: The Washington Department of Transportation has reopened the eastbound stretch of Interstate 90 between North Bend and Ellensburg that includes Snoqualmie Pass. Traffic is limited to 35 miles per hour, due in part to avalanche danger. Westbound will remain closed again tonight and be reassessed on Thursday.

Weather forecasters say the region will see its next round of wintry precipitation on Thursday afternoon.

Washington's other cross-state routes are open, for now. Traction tires are advised at Stevens Pass. Avalanche control work will be done there tomorrow morning at 4 am. It's not known how long that will take, but the pass will be closed until that work is done.

The next round of snow is expected late Thursday into Friday, with most of the northern mountains getting another 4-6". Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, along with much of the Columbia Basin and Palouse, will get a lesser dose, about 2-3".

Spokane's city-wide plowing effort will continue today. Many school districts that were closed on Tuesday are open today.