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Warm Weather Brings Avalanche Risk to the Passes

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SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. -- It's still snowing in the mountains and combined with warming temperatures, Department of Transportation officials say that has the makings for avalanches.

Snoqualmie Pass is clear now, but that's because crews were working all day clearing the roads after doing avalanche control.

The D.O.T. Says after two weeks of getting nearly five feet of snow in the mountains and now having the first significant warm up of the season they are operating at a high risk of avalanches.

John Stimberis is the Avalanche Forecaster for the D.O.T. and he spent most of the day working up at the pass.

"We went up there and hit is really really hard today with the hopes of eliminating this avalanche concern so our weekend travelers won't be inconvenienced," said Stimberis.

The D.O.T. warns even with today's work it's still unstable on the mountains and delays are always possible, but they say if there were any they would only be minor.

As always before heading out you can check the latest pass conditions here on our website.