Avalanche danger closes Snoqualmie Pass; U.S. 2 closed at times

  • Tue Feb 21st, 2012 8:13am
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Associated Press

YAKIMA — The avalanche danger caused by heavy rain on snow has closed Snoqualmie Pass, and I-90 traffic is blocked at Ellensburg and North Bend.

Transportation Department spokesman Mike Westbay in Yakima says the pass was closed at 1 a.m. Tuesday for avalanche control work that lasted until 5:30 a.m. when crews were pulled out for their safety, except for one truck on each side.

Westby says they’ll re-evaluate the situation at 10:30 a.m., but no one can say yet when the pass will reopen.

U.S. 2 across Stevens Pass also has been closed off-and-on Tuesday morning for avalanche control.