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Expect delays on Snoqualmie Pass this week

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 29, 2013 at 11:41 am with No Comments »
April 29, 2013 11:43 am

By Dianne McGinness, staff writer

Drivers crossing the pass on Interstate 90 are encouraged to go slow today as snow, slush and ice are covering Snoqualmie Pass, according to the state Department of Transportation. A closure scheduled for tonight has been canceled.

The pass has an elevation of 3022 feet and is experiencing some spring snow, which means slower travel times for drivers.

The average travel time from North Bend to Ellensburg is about 80 minutes. Today, drivers can expect about a 10 minute delay in travel time due to road conditions, according to WSDOT.

Oversize vehicles are prohibited on the pass. Chains are required for all cars that don’t have all-wheel drive.

According to WSDOT, 410 inches of snow has fallen at Snoqualmie Pass as of Sunday. At this point, the pass has received 89.7 percent of the five-year seasonal average, a total of 457 inches of snowfall.

The snow and rain mix is supposed to continue into night as well as into tomorrow.

Drivers can also expect delays from rock blasting taking place along I-90 today, Tuesday and Thursday this week from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. WSDOT’s website warns that closures may last longer than an due to the nature of the blasting.

For more information on Snoqualmie Pass and travel updates visit: http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/passes/snoqualmie/default.aspx.

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