Heavy snow, poor visibility on Snoqualmie Pass adding up to 1.5 hours for eastbound drivers

Snow-Pass-Closure-Snoqualmie

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — Multiple vehicle spinouts have caused multiple closures since Friday night in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass.

While all lanes are open as of 12:30 p.m., eastbound drivers are experiencing up to an hour-and-a-half of added travel time, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Westbound drivers are seeing up to 30 minutes of additional travel time.

With compact snow and ice on the roadway, chains are required on all vehicles except those with all wheel drive. All oversize vehicles are prohibited.

The restriction applies to both eastbound and westbound lanes of I-90, from milepost 47 near Denny Creek to milepost 56 near Gold Creek.

Washington State Patrol troopers are on scene, checking to make sure drivers are using chains.

Transportation officials say up to a foot of snow is forecast Saturday on Snoqualmie Pass and that it’s currently snowing hard, with poor visibility on the road.

CLOSURES SINCE FRIDAY NIGHT:

  • 10 50 p.m. to 11:51 p.m., Friday: Eastbound traffic was closed at milepost 47 on I-90 near Denny Creek, about five miles west of the summit due to vehicle spinouts blocking the roadway.
  • 12:09 a.m. to 1:18 a.m., Saturday: Eastbound traffic was closed for Snoqualmie Pass due to vehicle spinouts blocking the roadway.
  • 4:05 am to 5:23 a.m., Saturday: Eastbound traffic was closed at milepost 34 on I-90 near North Bend due to a semi truck collision blocking the highway.
  • 8:23 a.m. to 9:32 a.m., Saturday: Eastbound traffic was closed for Snoqualmie Pass due to vehicle spinouts blocking the roadway.
  • 9:53 a.m. to 11:19 a.m. Saturday: Eastbound traffic was closed at milepost 47 on 1-90 near Denny Creek due to vehicle spinouts blocking the roadway near the summit.

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