Stevens Pass closed overnight due to downed trees, snow

January 7, 2020 GMT

STEVENS PASS, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Department of Transportation has closed U.S. 2 at Stevens Pass because of winter conditions including falling trees.

The agency shut down the highway between the summit at Stevens Pass and Coles Corner Monday afternoon after about a dozen trees toppled in heavy snow. Officials said Monday evening it would remain closed overnight.

Crews will reevaluate the roadway around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Stevens Pass is under a winter storm warning with heavy snow predicted through 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The weather service was forecasting a total daytime accumulation of around a foot of snow in the area, with 6 to 10 more inches possible overnight.

It warned that travel “could become very difficult to impossible” because of blowing snow and hazardous conditions.

The Northwest Avalanche Center issued a backcountry avalanche warning for the Stevens Pass area through 6 p.m.

WSDOT will post updates on Stevens Pass on its Twitter account.