Monday, February 6, 2017

Tracking early February’s storm

Most highways back open following snow storm


By Mike Allende

Most highways have reopened following a significant snow storm that moved into western Washington on Sunday, Feb. 5. While snow continues to fall in some places, including our mountain passes, our crews were able to reopen most areas that had been closed because of excessive snow or downed trees. Drivers should be prepared for winter driving conditions including ice, slush and compact snow on the roadways. If you must travel, be sure you and your vehicle are prepared and stay updated on conditions by tuning in to media broadcasts and checking our travel alerts page.

Road Closures
Here are the closures that remain as of 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6. Updates will continue throughout the day and will be labeled "UPDATE" with a time and date. When a road reopens or situation is cleared, that will be indicated with "REOPENED," "DONE" or "CLEARED."

Wahkiakum County
  • REOPENED: Slide blocking all lanes on SR 4 both directions at milepost 28 near Wold Road.
Whatcom County
  • SR 542 Deming: UPDATE 2/6 3:15 p.m. : SR 542 is not anticipated to open until tomorrow. Both directions of SR 542 at the Coal Creek Bridge (milepost 36) are closed due to downed trees and heavy snow.
  • REOPENED: SR 546 Lynden/Sumas - Both directions of SR 546 from SR 539 (milepost 0) to SR 9 (milepost 8) are closed due to snow and downed trees. There is no estimate for the roadway reopening.
  • REOPENED: SR 9 Sumas - Both directions of SR 9 from Morgan Rd (MP 95) to Garfield St (MP 98) are closed due to heavy snow, wind and trees on the roadway.
Mountain Passes
Our maintenance staff is currently on its winter schedule and regularly is applying treatment to roads susceptible to ice and snow plows are clearing roadways. That said, heavy snow has closed passes so stay updated on our website.

Conditions are constantly changing on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass so be sure to check the website for the latest information. 
  • REOPENED: I-90 Snoqualmie Pass I-90 is expected to reopen around 2 p.m. Avalanche control work has been completed and crews are clearing the snow from the roadway.
    • REOPENED: Both directions of I-90 are closed between North Bend (milepost 34) and Ellensburg (milepost 106) due to high avalanche danger on Snoqualmie Pass.