Snoqualmie Pass in Washington was temporarily closed on Friday morning after 30 semi trucks spun out due to lack of tire chains.
The spin outs and subsequent closure occurred on the morning of December 1st on eastbound Interstate 90 at North Bend in Washington state. The closure was first reported at 7:45 a.m. and began at milepost 34 – the same location that tire chains begin to be legally required.
Eastbound I-90 is closed at North Bend (milepost 34) to clear out approx. 30 spun out semi trucks that did not chain up. We are working closely with @wspd2pio No estimated reopening.— Snoqualmie Pass (@SnoqualmiePass) December 1, 2023
According to WSDOT, it was “snowing hard” with poor visibility by 9:10 a.m. on Friday. Up to three feet of snow is expected through Sunday morning.
Weather restrictions through the passes for Friday are as follows:
I-90 through Snoqualmie Pass: Chains are required on all vehicles except all wheel drive for eastbound travel. Traction tires required for westbound travel. Chains required on vehicles over 10,000 gross vehicle weight.
Highway 2 through Stevens Pass: Traction tires required for westbound and eastbound travel. Chains required on vehicles over 10,000 gross vehicle weight.
Highway 12 through White Pass: Traction tires required for westbound and eastbound travel. Chains required on vehicles over 10,000 gross vehicle weight.
Highway 97 through Blewett Pass: Traction tires are advised.
Need a refresher on Washington State chain requirements? Read up here.
If you plan on driving over Snoqualmie pass take it slow and have tire chains handy. WSDOT is requiring traction tires, and vehicles over 10,000 must chain up. I’ve seen several plows out but the snow is accumulating and sticking. @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/9p9G2zF6w7— Briseida Holguin (@BriseidaHolguin) December 1, 2023