Snow forecasted in the Cascade Mountains
By The Independent Staff/and WSDOT
If you are traveling west over the Cascades this Thanksgiving weekend, be aware that snow is forecasted for Stevens Pass and is most possible for Thursday morning through Friday afternoon, early Saturday, and Sunday night through Monday.
Also, expect heavy holiday traffic after getting over the passes. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and take advantage of WSDOT’s travel tools.
Tips for stress-free holiday travel include:
• Consult WSDOT’s travel times charts, which use historical information to help drivers know before they go.
• Check out online tools, including mobile apps, traffic cameras and email alerts.
• Visit our online traveler information about traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
• Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
• Pre-program 530 AM and 1610 AM to vehicle radios for highway advisory radio alerts.
• Carry chains and other winter driving essentials.
• Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT passes website or by calling 5-1-1, and watch for highway advisory signs.
• Leave extra time for holiday and winter travel, slow down and drive appropriately for conditions.
In the mountains, State Route 123 Cayuse Pass (elevation 4,675 feet) and Chinook Pass (elevation 5,430 feet) remain open as of Nov. 17, but the status can change quickly. On Snoqualmie Pass (elevation 3,022), a new service will send text alerts for pass delays 30 minutes or longer – text “wsdot snoqualmie” to 468311 to subscribe, and “wsdot stop” to unsubscribe.
Other travel alternatives
Travelers planning a trip by ferry, train, aircraft or bus also should allow extra time to accommodate delays.
Aviators can find information about state-operated airports by visiting www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/airports/Amenities.htm or calling 800-552-0666.