After assessing snow levels in dozens of avalanche chutes, some stretching more than 2,000 feet above the highway, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews will start clearing the North Cascades Highway on Monday, March 23, WSDOT announced on March 11. On March 10, WSDOT’s avalanche control team analyzed the snowpack and studied the extended forecast to determine a safe […]
North Cascades Highway
North Cascades Highway closes, but skiers still need snow
Highway closure among latest on record Heavy snow forecast for higher elevations this week prompted the closure of North Cascades Highway at 6 a.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 11), but local ski areas are still waiting for enough snow to kick off their seasons. As of Tuesday (Dec. 10), Methow Trails reported no open cross-country ski […]
Fatal accident on Highway 20
Missing Maple Falls man dies in crash near Washington Pass A 24-year-old Maple Falls man who had been missing for six days was found dead on July 2 off North Cascades Highway, 3 miles west of Washington Pass. A Washington State Patrol trooper saw something amiss at a bend in the highway and discovered a […]
Gates open for North Cascades Highway traffic on Friday at 10 a.m.
Good news for people traveling from western Washington to Winthrop for the ’49er Days celebration — the North Cascades Highway is expected to open at 10 a.m. on Friday (May 11).
“We worked hard to get it open for ’49ers,” said Don Becker, maintenance supervisor for …
Avalanche chutes slow progress of Highway 20 snow clearing efforts
By Ann McCreary State transportation crews clearing the North Cascades Scenic Highway from the east and west are within 8 miles of each other, but avalanche chutes east of Washington Pass are stubbornly holding their snow, slowing progress for crews working to open the east side. Cool spring temperatures have continued to dip below freezing […]
North Cascades Highway re-opened (again) this week
For the second time this fall, the North Cascades Highway has reopened after a temporary closure.
“I’m getting tired of opening and closing and opening and closing,” joked Don Becker, maintenance supervisor for Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in Twisp. Becker and his …
Forecasted winter weather brings temporary closure of SR 20 North Cascades Highway
From WSDOT: DIABLO – For the second time during this snowy fall, State Route 20/North Cascades Highway will temporarily close for the safety of crews and travelers due to forecasted overnight and weekend snow, along with an increased risk of avalanches. Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the gates at milepost 134 […]
North Cascades Highway reopens this week
The North Cascades Highway had one of its earliest temporary closures on Sunday (Oct. 22) after an early season snowstorm sent several slides across the highway. Crews were clearing the slides Tuesday (Oct. 24) and expected the road to reopen Wednesday morning (Oct. 25). The largest of six slides was below Liberty Bell Mountain, where […]
SR 20/North Cascades Highway reopening planned for May 16
REPRINTED FROM WSDOT: Warmer weather helped crews speed up the initial June estimate DIABLO – It seemed like the winter weather might never end after record rain and snow pounded the state and delayed the reopening of State Route 20/North Cascades Highway. Finally, warmer temperatures, warm rain and sun arrived and should allow crews to […]
Loup Loup road work continues; Memorial Day is target for North Cascades opening
Work to reopen Highway 20 to traffic over Loup Loup Pass continues six days a week, with a target opening date in June.
Meanwhile, snow clearing crews are making headway on Highway 20 over the North Cascades, and it appears likely the road will open to traffic in time for Memorial Day, …