Mountain pass highway reopened in Washington state

Northwest Storm
Posted at 10:28 AM, Jan 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-10 12:28:48-05

NORTH BEND, Wash. — The main east-west highway in Washington state reopened over the mountain passes after being closed for almost four days due to a winter storm that made travel too dangerous.

Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass reopened Sunday evening. The vital transportation route that connects Seattle with Spokane was made passable again after crews worked for days to clear fallen trees, debris and snow.

There were still flooding concerns in parts of southwest Washington state on Monday. Southwest Washington has experienced its worst flooding in a decade and some rivers crested at more than 18 feet (5.5 meters) last week, the National Weather Service said. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation on Friday.