LOCAL NEWS

‘And then there were none:’ 4 major Washington mountain passes reopen

Jan 13, 2022, 10:00 AM | Updated: Jan 14, 2022, 7:00 am
Stevens Pass, snow...
Crews clear snow and ice and complete avalanche control at Stevens Pass in January 2022. (Photo courtesy of WSDOT/Twitter)
(Photo courtesy of WSDOT/Twitter)

Stevens Pass and US 2 Tumwater Canyon reopened to traffic Thursday morning after being closed for a full week. White Pass followed, reopening at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The Washington State Department of Transportation says crews worked to clear the road at Stevens Pass and remove dangerous trees near the roadway to get the pass and highway reopened to travelers. The department reminded drivers to take it slow and “be prepared for winter driving conditions.” A spinout or crash could close the pass again. Traction tires are advised.

Freeway, mountain pass closures hit Puget Sound region grocery stores with shortages

Just after 3 p.m. on Thursday, as White Pass reopened, WSDOT tweeted “and then there were none,” meaning that all major east-west pass routes in Washington were once again open for travel following “record-level snowfall” on Jan. 4-5.

White Pass had been closed early Thursday as work continued to remove a large boulder above the roadway. The pass previously reopened Monday, Jan. 10, but then had to close again due to a rockslide.

WSDOT says the boulder was exposed by that rockslide, and it was “roughly the size of a three-quarter ton pickup, about 125 feet above the roadway.” A specialized team was on site to remove it.

 

Snoqualmie and Blewett passes, which had both been closed last week and over the weekend, remain open as of 5 p.m. Sunday. Crews are still working to clear snow and ice from additional traffic lanes, exit ramps, shoulders, and rest areas.

“On Snoqualmie Pass there are still some narrow locations with limited areas to stop and we once again ask travelers to use caution and take it slow to avoid any crashes or spinouts that could force the pass to close again,” WSDOT said on Twitter. “It only takes one driver to close the entire pass.”

Local News

ballot, napkin vote, approval voting...
Nick Bowman

Group seeking to change how Seattle voting works builds large early war chest

A push to dramatically alter the way Seattle votes in primary elections is already getting significant financial support in its early days.
11 hours ago
Bellevue...
KIRO 7 News Staff

77-year-old Bellevue woman stops home intruder in landslide neighborhood

Thieves hit the neighborhood impacted by the Bellevue landslide but didn’t get away with much, thanks to one brave 77-year-old woman.
1 day ago
national guard...
Stephanie Klein

National Guard arrives to Harborview Medical Center to help with COVID testing

A Seattle hospital official says the arrival of 10 army soldiers on Friday is a huge help.
2 days ago
End restrictions...
Nick Bowman

UW modelers: State might finally be able to end ‘major restrictions’ once omicron wave passes

Modelers at UW's Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation believe that we could be nearing the end stages of major virus-related restrictions. 
2 days ago
Long term care insurance...
Nicole Jennings

Analyst’s advice for Washingtonians who got private long-term care insurance

An Association of Washington Business analyst explains the outlook for private long-term care insurance now that the WA Cares tax will likely be delayed.
2 days ago
COVID tests...
MyNorthwest Staff

Washington households can order at-home rapid COVID tests at no cost

The state Department of Health is going live with its portal to order free at-home COVID tests that ship directly to households.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, fillthestadium.com) initiative provides […]
...

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]
...

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
...
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
...

Delayed-Onset PTSD: Signs and Symptoms

Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers SPONSORED — You’re probably familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder. Often abbreviated as PTSD, this condition is diagnosed when a person experiences a set of symptoms for at least a month after a traumatic event. However, for some people, these issues take longer to develop. This results in a diagnosis of delayed-onset PTSD […]
...

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Free unbiased help is here!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]
‘And then there were none:’ 4 major Washington mountain passes reopen