TRAFFIC ALERT - Heavy snow and increased
avalanche danger has prompted the temporary closure of both Chinook and Cayuse
The Washington State Department of
Transportation determined the avalanche risk is too great to allow traffic to
safely cross State Route 410/Chinook Pass and SR 123/Cayuse Pass. More snow is
in the forecast, which could produce several more feet of snow by Monday, Nov.
18. WSDOT maintenance crews plan to evaluate conditions after the storm to
determine if the passes will reopen or remain closed for the season.
Approximately 20 inches of snow fell on the passes
since Friday, Nov. 15.
Chinook Pass, elevation 5,430 feet, is
closed from Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit to Crystal Mountain
Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit.
Cayuse Pass is closed
within Mount Rainier National Park from the 4,675-foot Cayuse Pass summit to
Stevens Canyon Road.
WSDOT offers a number of ways to get travel
information: • View the Chinook
Pass Web page • View the Cayuse
Pass Web page • Download WSDOT's free smartphone
app to check statewide pass conditions. • Tune into
the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM • Call 511 using a
hands-free device • Refresh your memory on winter driving