Snow brings travel issues to Snoqualmie Pass – KIRO 7 News Seattle | Tech US News

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SNOQUALMIE, Wash. – Snow and ice complicated interstate travel on Interstate 90 Tuesday as eastbound traffic was shut down in two places due to detours.

The Washington State Patrol closed a stretch of eastbound I-90 near Ellensburg starting this afternoon after crashes caused by freezing rain.

Earlier in the evening, state troopers also closed eastbound I-90 to traffic in North Bend to clear detours near Snoqualmie Pass.

Westbound traffic remained open, but drivers without four-wheel drive were required to put chains on their wheels.

Eastbound I-90 reopened at 10:30 p.m

Drivers are advised to use traction tires in both directions of the roadway.

On Tuesday morning, Snoqualmie Pass saw its first freezing rain, which turned to several inches of snow as the day progressed.

The problem occurred a day before large crowds were expected on eastbound I-90 for Thanksgiving travel.

Washington Department of Transportation officials said they brought in extra plowing equipment because of the weather and holiday traffic, but when the snow is falling at an inch an hour, it’s hard to keep up.

The weather is expected to improve by Wednesday, when eastbound traffic on I-90 is projected to be heaviest between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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