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State Patrol Warning People to Prepare for Pass Crossings

KENNEWICK, Wash.- Many travelers found themselves stuck on the other side of the mountains Sunday night after the passes closed, and now Washington State Patrol is warning people to avoid crossing the pass at night.

The State Patrol said people driving across the Cascades this winter should make sure they have enough in their car to survive a night if they get trapped in the mountains.

You're looking at pictures of Snoqualmie Pass from Monday, snow on the side of the road.

WSP warns people that if you have to cross the pass during the night or in bad conditions, make sure you've got things like food, a cell phone and a blanket with you. They also said to always have chains, no matter what you're driving.

"You want to have proper fitting chains for your vehicle in your vehicle, make sure that you know how to put them on before you get stuck in the snow and ice," said Sgt. Zach Elmore.

"At 2:00 in the morning putting chains on your tires in the snow is not the best time to learn. You want to already know how to do that."

An early snow closed the pass Sunday, but right now there are not any restrictions. Temperatures are expected to drop to only 16 degrees on Snoqualmie Pass Monday night.

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