Photos: Snow piles up on Washington passes

Photos: Snow piles up on Washington passes

Credit: WSDOT

Avalanche danger is making travel difficult through Snoqualmie and Stevens passes -- the two main east-west highway routes through the Washington Cascades. As of Thursday morning, both passes were open after WSDOT crews did avalanche work. In this photo, crews closed I-90 at the snowshed on Jan. 19 to clear the snow from the mountain. Crews perform control work at this location often to prevent snow from falling onto the highway.

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

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Posted on January 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 26 at 10:17 AM

SEATTLE -- Avalanche danger is making travel difficult through Snoqualmie and Stevens passes -- the two main east-west highway routes through the Washington Cascades.
  
After closures Tuesday evening, the state Transportation Department reopened Interstate 90 through Snoqualmie Pass early Wednesday morning and reopened Highway 2 across Stevens Pass later in the morning.
  
Snoqualmie Pass was closed again briefly late Wednesday night for more avalanche control work. Snoqualmie Pass re-opened early Thursday morning.

Washington Department of Transportation officials say 80 inches of snow has fallen in just the past week and a half. Road crews have been working overtime to keep the snow clear.
  

 

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