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Heavy snow forces closure of Snoqualmie and Stevens Passes

Screenshot from Washington Department of Transportation
Stevens Pass is closed Monday morning.

Avalanche warnings in the mountains, flooding in the lowlands

At Snoqualmie Pass, westbound traffic is stopped at Ellensburg. Eastbound traffic is stopped at North Bend. Crews will re-evaluate the situation at 9 this morning to see if it’s safe to allow vehicles through.

At Stevens Pass, there’s no estimate for when Highway 2 will reopen.

There’s snow at Lookout Pass and the roadway is said to be very slick, but the pass is open. The roads are wet and somewhat slick at Fourth of July Pass.

An avalanche warning has been issued for the Washington Cascades and an avalanche watch for the mountains of north Idaho.

Warm, potentially wet weather this week. Spokane received some overnight rain and more is in the forecast, along with high temperatures several degrees above normal. Highs in the upper 40s and 50s for the rest of the week, peaking on Wednesday. A decent chance of rain through Thursday. Dry again on Friday and through the weekend.

Low elevation snow is melting and more rain is expected at least for the next few days.

The weather service has also issued flood watches for some areas around the Inland Northwest, including the Idaho Palouse and the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. Rising rivers and minor flooding are also expected in the Washington Palouse and in other areas of southeast Washington.

Coeur d’Alene River at Cataldo
St. Joe River at St. Maries
South Fork of the Palouse River in Pullman
Stehekin River at Stehekin

One of the Northwest's most seasoned reporters is returning to his SPR roots. Doug Nadvornick will be heard frequently on KPBX and KSFC reporting on local news.