Heavy snow in Washington Cascade passes

first_imgWind advisory in effect today for Clark County PORTLAND (AP) — More high winds are expected Tuesday on the Oregon Coast.The National Weather Service says speeds of 35 to 45 mph are expected, with gusts up to 70 mph on the beaches and headlands — slightly less inland.The forecasters say the winds could knock out power, knock down trees and make travel difficult.The winds are expected to be highest about mid-day. The Weather Service warning extends to 4 p.m.SEATTLE — After a relatively dry start to winter that had some people worrying about the mountain snowpack, the season has taken a more familiar look with a parade of mid-February storms marching across Washington on strong winds, steady rains and heavy mountain snow.About 3 feet of snow have fallen since Friday at Snoqualmie Pass, and another 2 to 4 feet of snow are expected by Thursday, said meteorologist Chris Burke in the National Weather Service office in Seattle.“We’ve been getting pounded in the mountains,” he said. “We’ve been getting a storm once every 24 hours since Friday.”Many skiers who have been waiting for the snow were thwarted from reaching the Cascade slopes Monday and Tuesday by closures for avalanche control on Stevens and Snoqualmie passes.A closure at 11 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass would likely be lengthy for workers to blast down snow and clear the slides in several locations, the Transportation Department said.last_img

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