Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews are continuing to clear the snow off of Highway 20 on both sides of Washington Pass.

“The first week of clearing was a mixed bag,” WSDOT spokesman Jeff Adamson said in a press release. “On the west side, the pavement is now cleared for the first 11 miles above the Diablo Gate to about milepost 145 (County Line Creek), which is about a dozen miles below Rainy Pass.”

Highlights included finding and clearing a mudslide about 4 miles above the gate at milepost 138, Adamson said.

On the east (Methow Valley) side, the plan for the week was to clear the 7 miles from the Early Winters information center (milepost 178) to the winter closure gate at Silver Star Creek (milepost 171). By Thursday (March 24), the highway was substantially cleared to Silver Star, Adamson said, but parking there will be a challenge as it’s barely a turnaround right now.

“So week one ended with 18 miles down and 26 to go,” Adamson said.

The plan for this week includes a visit by the Eastern Region crew from Sherman Pass for a week or so of training and practice, Adamson said. Also, the avalanche crew from Stevens Pass will bring equipment to work on avalanche dumps under Cutthroat Ridge.

Last year the pass was opened on April 3.