Weather

Snoqualmie Pass back open in both directions

UPDATE: I-90 is open in both directions and traction tires are advised. There is a westbound construction detour from Ellensburg to Cle Elum via US 97 to SR 970.

Snow at the passes? Bring chains or face fines

With drivers headed to ski resorts opening Friday for the first time this season, it's time for a quick check of weather and traffic issues that could arise.

Benton REA celebrates first community solar project in West Richland

A group in West Richland is taking steps toward bringing clean energy to the community.Members of the Benton Rural Electric Association held a ribbon-cutting on Friday for the association's new community solar project, the first of its kind. Electricity generated…

Air Stagnation Advisory through early next week

The National Weather Service in Pendleton just placed our area under an Air Stagnation Advisory for poor air quality levels. Air quality could drop down to the moderate to unhealthy level at times, so anyone with breathing problems or respiratory…

Chances are increasing for an El Nino Winter in the Pacific Northwest

The Climate Prediction Center just released their latest report indicating we could be seeing an El Nino Winter in Washington and Oregon. "There is a 50-55% chance of El Niño onset during the Northern Hemisphere fall 2018 (September-November), increasing to…

Smoky air won't stop 'the best week of summer' from happening

Poor air quality in the Tri-Cities won't keep one of the biggest events of the year from happening.Set-up was underway on Monday for the 70th annual Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo despite the smoky conditions. "We're out here setting up…

Air Quality Alert through Wednesday

...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PDT WEDNESDAY...The Washington State Department of Ecology has issued an Air Quality Alert...in effect until noon PDT Wednesday for the following counties in central, south central and southeast Washington:Benton Columbia Franklin Kittitas Klickitat…

60-acre solar array project underway at Pendleton airport

Construction is underway on a 60-acre solar array near the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton.When completed the solar array will generate about 6-megawatts of energy for Pacific Power which provides power to the city, according to airport engineer Wayne…

Columbia River at Howard Amon Park overflows due to snow melt

The Columbia River at Howard Amon Park is getting water and a lot of it!Near the steamboat dock, the pathway is completely underwater. The bridge to the dock is partially submerged."I'm in awe," said Patti Cecil, who's lived in the…

Washington's summer fire rules go into effect Sunday

Even with this wet, rainy spring, Washington's summer fire rules officially go into effect Sunday.These rules apply to the 13 million acres of private and state forestlands protected from wildfire by the Washington Department of Natural Resources.The regulations affect loggers,…

Snoqualmie Pass road closure

Washington State Patrol tells KAPP/KVEW Local News that I-90 eastbound is closed at mile post 34 and westbound is closed at Ellensburg due to heavy overnight snow, unchained spun out vehicles and several collisions waiting for tows.The estimated time to…

School Delays for Wednesday 1/3/18

SCHOOL DELAYS: West Valley Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours LateHighland Sch. Dist.: 1 Hour Late, No AM preschool. 1 hour delay to our regular wednesday start.Selah Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool, AM buses on snow routesNaches Valley Sch.…

Freezing rain, slick roads prompt closures, schedule changes

Freezing rain is causing slick roads and dangerous driving conditions this morning. The following schools and businesses have made changes to their schedules for today: PNNL: All non-essential staff located in Richland and on the Hanford Site should report to…