Snoqualmie Pass wildlife crossing sees most snowfall since 2017

Snoqualmie Pass
Image credit: Snoqualmie Pass, Twitter

CLE ELUM, Wash. — State transportation officials recorded more than 90 inches of snow atop the Snoqualmie Pass wildlife overcrossing, marking the most snow at this location by mid-December in four whole years.

According to a tweet from the Snoqualmie Pass social media account, the wildlife overcrossing has accumulated more snow by December 16 than it has in any year since 2017.

Furthermore, transportation officials are anticipating even more snowfall to blanket the region as we move further into winter.

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With all of this in mind, drivers need to be extra mindful of their speed and traction while traveling through Snoqualmie Pass this holiday season. Already, the pass has been shut down several times in either direction due to spinouts, car accidents and breakdowns on the highway.

Tire chains will be required through stretches of Snoqualmie Pass for anyone hoping to commute through the area this winter. To read up on how to chain up and when they are required, you can click here or on the link below.

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On top of being the most crucial route through the Cascades for so many Washingtonians, the corridor is home to a rich ecosystem filled with deer, wolverines, bobcats, beavers, and plenty of other unique creatures.

Earlier this year, the Washington State Department of Transportation recorded that nearly 14,000 animals successfully moved through the wildlife overcrossing by the end of July 2021.

Wildlife coordinators working with WSDOT have logged bears passing through the area as well. It’s unclear which animals live in the immediate vicinity of this stretch, but many of them will be bundled up for winter as snow piles onto their home terrain.