Avalanche danger slows travel over Snoqualmie Pass - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Avalanche danger slows travel over Snoqualmie Pass

SEATTLE, Wash. - If spring weather has you feeling restless, you're not alone; it's doing the same to the snowpack in the Washington Cascades.

Rising temperatures have boosted the danger of snow slides, and Interstate 90 was closed to westbound traffic from about 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. Monday for avalanche control west of Snoqualmie Pass.

State road crews say the artillery blasts brought down some snow, but none of it reached the road.

On Sunday two of the three westbound lanes were closed for more than five hours because of the avalanche danger a mile west of the summit, and the backup extended for 18 miles.

Eastbound traffic was not affected on either day.

A state Transportation Department spokesman, Mike Westbay, says the snowpack is unstable because of the first major warming of the spring. The high Sunday was 50 degrees, and the forecast for Monday is for a high of 50 to 60.

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