Spring snow interrupts Easter travelPosted: Updated:
KITTITAS COUNTY--Snow, wind and ice made for treacherous travel on this holiday weekend. KNDO hit the highway to see just how bad it was.
Trying to get a head start on your Easter trip across the Cascades? Not a good idea.
"This really isn't the time to be crossing [Snoqualmie] Pass," Washington Department of Transportation Regional Director Don Whitehouse said. "Hopefully, it will get better and we can stay ahead of this storm. We put more snow plows on the road; we've shifted some people up there onto the pass."
DOT had 16 plows patrolling, but even they couldn't keep Snoqualmie Pass from closing for two hours Friday morning.
State troopers had their hands full too, responding to more than 60 accidents in the Kittitas Valley, including a one-car accident that sent two Richland teenagers to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Yakima-based troopers dealt with six crashes. They reported no serious injuries.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning until 6:00 a.m. Saturday for Snoqualmie Pass and the east slopes of the Cascades, plus several inches of snow.
The outlook isn't as bad on Interstate 82. Fog is a problem in some spots.
While precipitation is not as heavy there, forecasters say the snow and rain will keep coming down all weekend.
"This is one of those strange spring snows and they happen, but they're never any fun," Ed Bruneau said while filling up his car at an Ellensburg gas station. He was halfway through a trip from Spokane to Seattle.
To keep your holiday happy, drive slow, stay alert, and keep up with weather conditions right here at www.kndo.com.