The Washington Department of Transportation has closed the North Cascades Highway due to heavy snow.

Friday, WSDOT closed the stretch of highway between the Diablo gate on the west side, milepost 134 and the Silver Star gate on the east side, milepost 171).

The road will stay closed to regular motor vehicles until spring due to avalanche danger, according to WSDOT.

It's still open for back country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers.

To read more about the National Scenic Highway closure, click here.