Washington State Pass is a Snowy Mess: Spinouts to Blame
There is trouble tonight in Washington State's most busy mountain pass.
Washington State Patrol Closes Snoqualmie Pass Eastbound & Westbound
This evening, the Washington State Patrol has had to close the Eastbound and Westbound lanes of I-90 in Snoqualmie Pass because of traffic spin-outs and drivers not abiding by the traction tire advisories. Just before 5 pm, the closure was announced on multiple social media accounts for WSDOT and Snoqualmie Pass. The problem is that new snow has caught travelers off-guard and unprepared for the conditions. Earlier this season, Washington State Patrol and WSDOT warned that almost all closures in Washington State passes during the winter months are because of drivers not abiding by the traction tire advisories.
Snowing Hard Currently, No Timeline for Reopening
The Snoqualmie Pass main website states, "I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass is closed in both directions due to multiple collisions and blocking vehicles. Eastbound traffic is stopped at exit 47 five miles west of the summit. Westbound traffic is stopped at milepost 71 near Easton." Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson posted a few pictures about the condition near the top of the pass where trouble started. If you are planning to get over the passes tonight, I would suggest finding a place to hunker down until it all opens back up again. You can get all the current and up-to-date information about Snoqualmie Pass on their official website by clicking here.