Snoqualmie Pass treacherous for drivers

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 26, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 27 at 9:35 AM

NORTH BEND, Wash. - Blowing snow and patches of ice are making Snoqualmie Pass treacherous for holiday travelers Friday.

Friday afternoon, chains were requied on all vehicles going eastbound, and traction tires were adviced for all westbound drivers. As of Friday night, traction tires are advised for all drivers.

Between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m., the Washington state Department of Transportation had to close the eastbound lanes of the pass for about an hour because some semi trucks spun out and were blocking the roadway.  Click here to check your traffic

"There's been a lot of four-wheel drive, lifted trucks, SUVs," said Washington State Patrol Trooper Grant Campbell. "I think people get a little overconfident in their SUVs and trucks and the secret is just to slow down."

WSDOT said they called in extra crews to deal the snowstorm and clear the roads.

"Friends of ours ended up in a ditch tonight and had to be hoisted out," said Paul Micsan, from California, who was spending the holiday up in the pass. "You just have to think safety first."
 
This holiday weeked, more drivers than usual will be headed over Snoqualmie Pass. Friday's weather brought summit temperatures of 15 degrees, a mix of freezing rain and snow and gusts of wind which made for poor visibility.
 
Just before 7 a.m., more than 40 semi trucks and cars were lined up along I-90 near North Bend, chaining up before going any further.
 
Part of the reason I-90 is so busy is The Summit at Snoqualmie Pass is open to skiiers and snowboarders. It received at least five inches of new snow since Thursday.

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