Snow to dump on WA passes Tuesday. Perfect for skiers – if you can get there.
Up to three feet of snow will fall Tuesday in the Cascade mountains and valleys, the National Weather Service warns. That spells trouble for the passes.
Heavy snow is expected above 2,500 feet, which includes Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, the Crystal Mountain Ski Area, Paradise on Mount Rainier and White Pass as well as the Mount Baker Ski Area.
Three feet of snow is a high-end prediction for higher elevations only.
“Snoqualmie Pass will probably turn to rain Tuesday afternoon which should limit accumulations there to about a foot, NWS wrote in a winter weather message Monday afternoon.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 4 a.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
“Travel could be very difficult to impossible,” NWS warns.
You should keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your car in case of an emergency.
You also must carry chains. It’s the law when driving the passes during winter storms.
“For the past several years, more than half of the closures on I-90 Snoqualmie Pass have been due to vehicles ignoring a chain-up requirement and then getting into collisions and blocking lanes,” WSDOT reports.
Washington State Patrol says ignoring chain requirements could cost you between $136 and $500.