Cascade passes hammered by heavy snow

Photo of Snoqualmie Pass provided by WSP Trooper, John Bryant

WENATCHEE,WA.-Travel restrictions over the Washington Cascades is a nightmare for motorists today but the weather-related closure of I-90 Snoqualmie Pass and US 2 Tumwater Canyon is also causing freight mobility problems.

Vehicles over 10,000 pounds are not permitted to use the Chumstick Highway as an alternative route over Stevens Pass forcing truck traffic to detour over Highway 12 White Pass or South to the Columbia Gorge. There is no estimated time for reopening Snoqualmie Pass.

Photo provided by WSDOT

Over 53 inches of snow was measured by the DOT avalanche crew at the summit over the past 48 hours. Air travel between East Wenatchee and SeaTac continues out of Pangborn Airport during the storm. Horizon Airlline crews were out early this morning working hard to get the 6:30 flight off on time.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.