Conditions Favorable for Avalanches in Mountain Passes
YAKIMA, Wash - Another day of the passes being open and closed sporadically after snow slides hit Stevens and Snoqualmie Monday afternoon. Snoqualmie pass eastbound traffic was delayed at milepost 34 near North Bend for almost five hours. A 100 yard-long, five-foot deep snow slide covered the roadway. Crews were able to clear a path for drivers then reevaluate the avalanche danger. Department of Transportation staff say the conditions are right for more slides to happen the next few days.
"When we're getting snow we'll probably have to close the pass again," said Meagan McFadden with the DOT.
McFadden also said lighter snow on top of heavy, wet snow could trigger more snow slides. A forecasted storm Tuesday may cause more delays.