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I-90 closed near Snoqualmie Pass. Severe winds hammer Tacoma Narrows

Ice and snow is making travel difficult on Snoqualmie Pass on Sunday morning.
Ice and snow is making travel difficult on Snoqualmie Pass on Sunday morning. Courtesy

Ice and snow is making travel difficult in the mountain passes on Sunday morning and motorists on the Tacoma Narrows bridges are dealing with severe side winds.

Chains are required on vehicles that don’t have all-wheel drive and oversize vehicles are prohibited on Snoqualmie Pass. Shortly after 11:30 a.m., the state Department of Transportation announced Interstate 90 was closed in both direction because of multiple accidents. Eastbound lanes were closed at Milepost 47 near Denny Creek on the west side of the pass. Westbound lanes were closed at Milepost 71 near Easton on the east side of the pass.

The eastbound closure was cleared according to a 12:06 p.m. email from WSDOT.

WSDOT tweeted at at 11:51 a.m. that motorists on the Narrows bridges should be ready for severe side winds.

On White Pass, traction tires are required, chains are required for vehicles over 10,000 pounds and oversize vehicles are prohibited.

On Blewett and Stevens passes, traction tires are advised and oversize vehicles are prohibited.

Cayuse and Chinook passes and the North Cascades Highway are closed and will be evaluated Monday for a potential opening.

Mount Rainier National Park has not yet announced if it will open the road from Longmire to Paradise on Sunday.

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