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Category: Winter driving


UPDATED: Westbound I-90 closed after multiple vehicle crash

UPDATE at 10:38 a.m.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 90 is closed near Cle Elum because of a multiple-vehicle crash.

Meanwhile, eastbound drivers that had been stuck because of the avalanche work has been allowed to move again.


The westbound lanes of Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass have been reopened after avalanche control work this morning.

Eastbound drivers will be released to cross the pass about 10:40 a.m., the state DOT reports.



UPDATED: It’s slick in spots out there, today

UPDATED at 12:43 a.m.

The main roads are wet and somewhat slushy, but other roads are covered in a clear sheen of thick ice and inches of slush. In addition, there are downed trees and power lines throughout the region.

“I’ve got tree downs everywhere,” a State Patrol dispatcher said about 10:15 a.m. “Power lines are down all over the place.”

There have been a number of trees reported down in central, east and south Pierce County. Since midnight, road crews have received more than 90 calls regarding downed trees that were blocking roadways. Fifteen of the calls involved power

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UPDATED: Snow, ice causing problems on area roadways

UPDATED at 1:20 p.m.

Here’s an update from Pierce County about its snow plows and what road crews are doing.

Washington State Patrol troopers are responding to several spin-outs this morning on Pierce and Thurston county snow-covered roadways.

A Sound Transit bus was stuck at the Stadium Way exit off Schuster Parkway. A tow truck arrived around 9:50 a.m. to move it.

There are also reports of cars spinning off the roadway and ending up in ditches. Driving conditions are “extremely poor,” State Patrol trooper Guy Gill reported. He offers this “simple equation:” Snow+ice+speed= crash.

“It is snowy. It

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Snoqualmie Pass to close for avalanche control

Avalanche control work on Snoqualmie Pass will begin at 2 p.m., stopping traffic in  both directions for an undetermined amount of time, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Eastbound traffic will be stopped at Gold Creek milepost 56, five miles west of the summit. Westbound traffic will be stopped at Price Creek, milepost 61.

Due to the nature of this type of work a reopening time cannot be estimated. Once the snow volume brought down by the avalanche control is assessed, an estimated reopen time can

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Sound Transit adds afternoon snow train to Tacoma

In response to heavy snow predicted for this evening’s commute, Sound Transit will operate two extra Sounder trains for southbound riders who want to head home early.

In addition to its regular commuter rail service, Sound Transit will run an early southbound train from King Street Station at 2:30 p.m. This train will depart Tukwila at 2:42 p.m., Kent at 2:49 p.m., Auburn at 2:56 p.m., Sumner at 3:05 p.m., and Puyallup at 3:09 p.m. before arriving in Tacoma at 3:30 p.m.

A reverse commute train to Seattle will depart Tacoma Dome Station at 3:50 p.m., Puyallup at 4:02 p.m.,

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Heading to Apple Cup? Be prepared for winter driving, DOT says

The state Department of Transportation issued this travel advisory for Huskies and Cougars who are headed to Pullman for Saturday’s Apple Cup game.

Apple Cup fans traveling over the mountains and into the Palouse for the big game need to be ready for possible severe winter driving conditions. Earlier this week, one snowstorm dumped several feet in the mountain passes. So far, I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass received 91 inches of snowfall this year which is approximatly 57 percent more than the 10-year average.

Drivers will see snow on Snoqualmie Pass and below-freezing temperatures along the route through Ellensburg and Vantage, on SR 24 near Hanford and on

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