Winter weather conditions cause Avalanche Warning for cascade passes

Winter weather conditions cause Avalanche Warning for cascade passes

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - If you have plans of traveling west, transportation leaders now say driving through Snoqualmie Pass is not a good idea for Thursday.

National weather leaders are alerting of an avalanche warning due to heavy snow at the Cascade passes of Washington.

Passes affected include Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass, White Pass and the areas of Mount Hood, Mount Baker and Paradise, according to the National Weather Service out of Pendleton.

Heavy snow, rain and strong winds moving snowfall in these areas could potentially cause avalanches in these areas through 6 p.m. Thursday.

[UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.] At this time, I-90 east is closed at milepost 45 near Bandera due to car spinouts and a jackknifed semi truck blocking the road. Roads have since reopened.

Multiple vehicle crashes caused by inclement weather resulted in earlier I-90 east closures, at Denny Creek and another near Bandera.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said chains are required on all vehicles taking Snoqualmie Pass, unless the vehicles have all-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Drivers can expect roads to be slick while a Winter Storm Warning is also effect for the areas of Easton Hill, Easton, Cle Elum and Roslyn.

NWS officials are cautioning drivers to avoid back country roads during an avalanche warning.

Additional information on avalanche danger and areas of concern can be found here.

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