Hazardous driving conditions created by falling trees, heavy snowfall and limited night visibility have prompted the Washington State Department of Transportation to close US 101 and State Route 106 in the Hood Canal area in Mason County.
Snow fell throughout the day Wednedsay and numerous trees fell along the highways. At daylight Thursday, maintenance crews will reassess the situation, and if conditions are safe, will begin clearing trees and plowing snow to reopen the roads.
Closed throughout the night are US 101 over a 41-mile segment between SR 3 near Shelton and Brinnon, and SR 106 along a five-mile segment extending from the Purdy Cutoff Road, through Union to East Dalby Road.
Snow greeted drivers across Western Washington on Wednesday, with the Kitsap Peninsula and Hood Canal areas hit hardest and heavy snow also reported in Everett. Latest forecast
The conditions got so bad west of Puget Sound, the Washington State Department of Transportation closed the State Route 3 overpass at SR 308 near the Naval Submarine Base at Bangor.
In Snohomish County, a trooper was investigating a one car spinout on State Route 525 at SR 99 when the driver of a pickup truck lost control and hit the trooper's vehicle. Nobody was hurt.
Another trooper was injured in Thurston County Wednesday night after his patrol car was hit on Highway 8. A WSP spokesman said the trooper was responding to a car in the ditch when he was hit by an SUV going too fast for conditions. The trooper went to the hospital with head, neck and shoulder pain.
KING 5 Meteorologist Jeff Renner said rain around the Puget Sound area would change to scattered showers.
Thursday through Monday we will see rain showers and occasional sunbreaks as a large upper level low drifts through the area.
Eight-to-16 inches of snow are possible over the passes by Thursday afternoon. Mountain pass conditions
The Mount Baker Highway, State Route 542, was closed Wednesday morning near milepost 36 due to trees falling over the road.