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US 2 closed Saturday night from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Dec. 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
December 22, 2012 10:34 pm

US Highway 2 at Stevens Pass – from milepost 64 at the summit to milepost 99 at the west end of Leavenworth – is closed due to the potential for snow-laden trees to fall onto the roadway, the Washington State Department of Transportation said Saturday night.

Trees felled by the weight of ice and snow in the area have crushed two vehicles, killed two people and injured others this week.

US 2 was closed in both directions at 6:25 p.m. Saturday, due to fallen trees on the roadway and the potential that other trees may be threatened. The conditions will be evaluated Sunday morning to determine a reopening strategy.

Motorists will be able to access the Stevens Pass Ski Area from the west, but through-traffic is advised to use I-90 Snoqualmie Pass and US 97 Blewett Pass.

Less than two inches of snow fell through the closure zone on Saturday. The next front is forecast to bring as much as three to four inches of snow late Sunday morning through the evening. WSDOT said updates will be provided as details become available.

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