Stevens Pass closed overnight again; Snoqualmie, White passes open (for now)

TUESDAY UPDATE: Stevens Pass reopens, “extreme” avalanche danger continues on mountain passes

5:40 PM UPDATE: US-2 Stevens Pass is closed from six miles west of the summit to Merit at milepost 80 due to an avalanche and continuing avalanche danger.

WSDOT adds the road will remain closed overnight and will be reassessed in the morning.

5:20 PM UPDATE: The US-2 closure has been expanded to mileposts 58-85 (Scenic to Coles Corner), per WSDOT.

4:45 PM UPDATE: On US 2 east of Stevens Pass, WSDOT says another snow slide has brought down debris and covered all of one lane at milepost 74.

US 2 at milepost 74

US 2 at milepost 74 (WSDOT)

“This is an unusual place and current conditions make it unsafe to clear at the moment,” WSDOT said in a tweet.

US 2 at milepost 74

US 2 at milepost 74 (WSDOT)

The road will be closed overnight from milepost 66 to milepost 85 and will be reassessed in the morning.

4:30 PM UPDATE: A snow slide is blocking US-2 approximately 10 miles east of the summit of Stevens Pass. WSDOT crews are working to remove the snow and debris from the road. There is no estimated reopening time, WSDOT reports.

1:55 PM UPDATE – US 2 Stevens Pass has reopened with chains required on all vehicles except AWD/4WD.

This means all three of Washington’s east-west mountain passes are back open.

All drivers: carry chains and give other drivers extra space. Heavy snow is in the forecast through Tuesday; more closures/delays are possible.

9:45 AM UPDATE – US-2 will be reassessed at 2 PM Monday to determine a possible reopening time.

US 2 Stevens Pass avalanche control

Photo & caption by WSDOT: This picture tells the story of how much snow we have to clear on US 2 Stevens Pass. This is just what came down by avalanche control and there were several other natural slides to clear, too. A heads up the pass remains closed and we will reassess at 2PM this afternoon.

9:15 AM UPDATE – I-90 Snoqualmie Pass is estimated to reopen at noon today, WSDOT reports.

Crews are still busy cleaning up slides on US-2 Stevens Pass.

Us 2 Slides

On US-2 Stevens Pass, several natural snow slides and snow brought down by avalanche control delayed reopening efforts Monday morning. The pass was closed Sunday at 6 p.m. due to extreme avalanche danger.

Extreme avalanche danger continues to shut down some of the mountain passes that link western and eastern Washington.

I-90 through Snoqualmie Pass, US-2 through Stevens Pass, and US-12 through White Pass were all shut down Sunday evening.

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As of 8AM, WSDOT officials said they plan to reopen US-12 through White Pass at 10AM Monday morning. They are still assessing US-2 through Stevens Pass and I-90 through Snoqualmie Pass. Expect an update on both of those passes around 9:30AM.

The rain in our mountain passes will change over to snow later this evening and tonight. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for parts of the Cascades starting at 4PM today through 10PM Tuesday (this includes Snoqualmie Pass). Accumulating snow of 18 to 24 inches possible. Once mountain passes are back open, this could create delays.

A Wind Advisory is in effect until 4AM Tuesday with wind gusts up to 50 MPH for the Columbia Basin into the foothills. It’s dry locally with snow levels continuing to rise in the mountains this morning. With rain possible and gusty winds, avalanche danger remains high in the Cascades and eastern slopes through the day. As of 8AM, Snoqualmie, White and Stevens pass remains closed.

RELATED: Wind Advisory in effect Monday, gusts up to 50 MPH possible -Kristin

Locally, we will have spotty rain showers developing by lunchtime into the afternoon. Highest rain chances will be along the foothills of the Blues. With the warmer temperatures and rain, flooding concerns remain low. But, there will be a rise on area streams and rivers. Look for afternoon highs today in the upper 50’s.

More wind ahead on Tuesday with gusts at times up to 35 MPH. We will finally have a break from the wind on Wednesday with plenty of sunshine. With another weak system moving through Thursday, the winds will return with a few showers possible. Look for temperatures all week in the upper 40’s and low 50’s. Plenty of sunshine expected for the upcoming weekend.