Finally! All mountain passes are open again in Washington

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SPOKANE, Wash. – For the first time in more than a week, all four major mountain passes above the Cascades in Washington are open. The record snowfall of the first week of January led to the closure of all mountain passes on the night of January 5.

White Pass reopened at 3 p.m. Thursday after closing for the second time due to a loose rock threatening to fall onto the road. The pass that takes US Highway 12 through the Cascades had been cleared of snow and opened briefly Monday before the rockslide.

Stevens Pass opened Thursday morning after four feet of snow fell during the storm and avalanches left piles of snow up to 70 feet high on US Highway 2. Further down the road in the town of Leavenworth , the Washington National Guard is helping the city dig up three to four feet of snow. The amount of snow that has been and still needs to be moved in this part of Chelan County is worth tens of thousands of tons.

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Snoqualmie Pass and Blewitt Pass opened last weekend, but the infrastructure around these essential transport arteries still needs to be excavated after record snowfall.

The 292 inches of snow so far on Snoqualmie Pass is 140 inches more snow than average for early January.

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