I-90 Closed: Avalanche traps cars at Snoqualmie Summit - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

I-90 Closed: Avalanche traps cars at Snoqualmie Summit

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NORTH BEND, Wash. - Washington State Patrol troopers are carrying out a search for buried vehicles after an avalanche trapped two cars and once again shut down Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Summit Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said Thursday morning the pass would remain closed for 24 hrs due to the large amount of snow received overnight and expectations of more snow by Friday evening.

No one was hurt in the avalanche which happened about 3 p.m. in the eastbound lanes at milepost 49, about two miles east of Denny Creek. The Washington State Department of Transportation said the snow is about 12 feet deep. The avalanche was around 150 feet long and 30 feet deep.

Troopers describe the search as a precarious situation, since more snow could come down at any time. They say all personnel working the search are wearing avalanche beacons.

The new closure came just a few hours after I-90 was reopened after being shut down for more than 24 hours because of high avalanche danger.

Hundreds of vehicles, both cars and semi-trucks, finally made it through after a long wait.

A 72-mile stretch of Interstate 90 between milepost 34 in North Bend and milepost 106 in Ellensburg was closed around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday after an avalanche fell on the eastbound lanes at East Snow Shed, six miles east of Snoqualmie Pass.

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