Heavy snow impacting travel across local mountain passes

A strong winter storm expected to hit Washington mountain passes throughout the next few days had already begun to impact travel by late Wednesday night.

Chains were required on Snoqualmie Pass as of 3:30 a.m. Thursday. Drivers were experiencing about 20 minutes of added travel time.

Chains required on all vehicles except all wheel drive both east and westbound. Snowing hard.

— I-90 Snoqualmie Pass (@SnoqualmiePass) December 19, 2019
It’s snowing hard at Snoqualmie Pass right now. Travel over the Cascade passes will be very difficult Thursday and Friday. That snow will be moving into the Spokane area between 2 and 4 a.m. The morning commute will be tricky on this side of the mountains too. pic.twitter.com/btaf70pxoF

— Kris Crocker (@KrisCrockerKXLY) December 19, 2019

Between Thursday and Saturday, Snoqualmie Pass is expected to get up to a foot and a half of snow.

[ READ MORE: Get ready for tricky mountain travel, several feet of snow expected in the Cascades over the next 72 hours ]

Stevens Pass is expected to two to three feet in that time frame.

Heavy snow impacting travel across local mountain passes

Drivers heading across mountain passes in the coming days should be prepared with chains, warm clothes and blankets, water and food, a flashlight and plenty of gas. You should always check pass conditions before you leave the house. You can do that here.