SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. -- I-90 Snoqualmie Pass is back open in both directions as of Thursday morning.
I-90 is open from Ellensburg (MP 106) to North Bend (MP 34). This reopening follows days of closures due to a large amount of snowfall.
On Wednesday, Eastbound I-90 reopened at about 4 p.m., but the westbound part of the freeway was still closed.
WSDOT wants to warn drivers to watch for snow removal equipment and areas of narrow roadway. To access the summit area, drivers must use Exit 53 or 54.
Many of the on and off ramps from Easton to North Bend remain blocked because of deep snow.
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In Oregon transportation officials closed west the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge due to icy conditions that caused numerous wrecks.
And the areas of around Portland, Oregon, and southwest saw flooded roadways after several inches of rain fell across the region in 24 hours.
Snow remained and issue for some communities. The town of North Bend, Washington, declared a state of emergency because it was dealing with several feet of snow. The declaration by the mayor allows the city to call in additional resources.
More rain and snow on the way
The thaw continues! About three million of us inside the yellow lines are now under an Urban & Small Creek Flood Advisory until tonight. Melting snow and slushy conditions will create some slippery side streets and some challenging driving situations navigating between clear arterial streets and the piles of melting snow on the shoulders, medians and those residential streets.
This morning we're tracking a few showers (and snow showers up north near Pt. Angeles), but we'll be drying out today and I think by the afternoon we'll be able to enjoy some February sunshine. I think most everyone in the lowlands gets above freezing-- and a few spots will hit 40 again.
Tonight the big concern is the falling temperatures when the sun goes down about 5:30-- and icy conditions that will occur in places where soggy surface will re-freeze.
Tomorrow morning starts out frozen and cold, but the precipitation moves in from the south when we're warm enough that most lowland locales see rain and not snow. Computer models have this incoming Thursday system far enough north that the north winds could finally shut off to keep Bellingham out of the freezer Thursday night into Friday.
Saturday has some AM snow/rain showers-- but I don't think too much will stick with this current forecast scenario. Saturday afternoon and the rest of the Presidents Day holiday weekend are trending towards frosty mornings-- but dry and some sun each afternoon.