Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Road Closures And WSDOT Requests

Here are road closures this morning due to low visibility and/or blowing snow:

- Highway 27 (Spokane and Whitman counties)
- Highway 21 (Lind to Wilbur)
- Highway 261 (Interstate 90 to Highway 26)
- State Highway 28 that runs from Davenport through Odessa in Lincoln County to Ephrata.
- State Highway 23 near Harrington
- U.S. Highway 195 from Colfax to Idaho state line southeast of Uniontown has reopened this morning, but chains are required.

Because of all these closures, the Washington State Department of Transportation is asking drivers to please delay their Thanksgiving weekend travel plans if they can until the weather lets up.

The forecast calls for snow on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass all week. WSDOT advises motorists to consider leaving early, Wednesday, Nov. 24, and returning later, Monday, Nov. 29.

WSDOT is ready for the expected increased traffic for the Thanksgiving holiday and wants you to be too. So check roadway and pass conditions before leaving, and pack winter weather supplies, including tire chains.


Charles Hansen said...

Wow they got 195 open quick. I was in Pullman in 1968-69, and when the 4 feet of snow started blowing the snowdrift down the hill into Pullman filled up with 50 feet of snow, took them two and a half days to dig it out. They found a car in a drift near St John, had a nice round back end when I saw it, just matched the snow plow that hit it.:)

SRTC Staff said...

Yeah, it's amazing what they can do with the equipment they have these days. Two years ago I drove down by Worley after they dug out that highway and it was like driving through a tunnel because the snow was piled up at least 10-15 feet on each side of the road.

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