North Cascades Highway will closed for the season Wednesday morning

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With several feet of snow expected for some mountain areas in the coming days, the state has decided to close North Cascades Highway at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

It is the latest winter closure of the State Route 20 highway connecting Winthrop and the west side of the Cascades since 2008, when it closed Dec. 15.

In the drought year of 1976 the pass stayed open all winter, the only time that has ever happened.