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UPDATED: It’s snowing on Snoqualmie Pass; Have your traction tires, chains ready

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm with 2 Comments »
November 21, 2010 4:36 pm

3:15 p.m. UPDATE: Traction tires are now advised across Snoqualmie Pass, the state DOT reports.

The DOT reports that westbound drivers should expect delays through the pass because of the winter weather and heavy traffic.

UPDATED as of 1:05 p.m.

Chains are now required on all vehicles – except those equipped with all-wheel drive –  that plan to cross Snoqualmie Pass this afternoon.

There’s compact snow, slush and ice on Interstate 90 over the pass, the state DOT reports.

Oversized vehicles are prohibited.

DOT reports that it is snowing hard in some places and there are areas where visibility is poor.

There are no restrictions for White Pass, where the roadway is bare and wet. Traction tires are advised and oversized vehicles are prohibited on Stevens Pass.

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  1. What if I don’t have all wheel drive and no traction tires. Can I still go through the pass?

  2. tacomaguy30 says:

    to deeds 72:

    Yes, you can still go through the pass.

    Traction tires are basically “all season” tires. Most vehicles come with these as standard equipment. If your car is more of the sporting variety (BMW, Infiniti, etc.) your vehicle may have come with high performance “Summer only” tires. That’s really what WSDOT is trying to say when they say traction tires are required. They are saying “don’t drive over the pass with summer only tires.”

    “Traction tires” are easily identified by kneeling down and taking a look at your tire’s sidewall. If it features the “mountain and snowflake” symbol http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter/tiresidewall.htm then you’re ok.

    Here are the stages of tire requirements for the passes, as told by WSDOT http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter/traction.htm

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