A winter weather advisory is in place for Washington Waterfalls above 1,500 feet until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Another 6 to 15 inches of new snow is possible over the next 24 hours.
SNOQUALMIE PASS, WA – The start of the new year continues to bring risky conditions to major mountain passes in the Northwest. Heavy snowfall in the mountains and high winds forced authorities to close dozens of state roads and highways in Washington and Oregon on Monday.
A winter weather advisory is in place for Washington Waterfalls above 1,500 feet until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Another 6 to 15 inches of new snow is possible over the next 24 hours. Travel will sometimes become difficult again. Officials from the Washington Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation are warning that pass closures are possible on Tuesday. White Pass Highway US-12 opened around 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday
WSDOT officials also addressed the repeated power and traffic camera outages on Twitter Tuesday morning, saying: (t have details). Redundancies in the system would be very expensive as it is a 30 mile zone, although this is very important. “
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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) – Heavy snowfall and high winds forced authorities to close dozens of highways in Oregon on Monday and shut down Interstate 84 through the Columbia River Gorge, while blowing snow also closed Interstate 90 over the Cascade Mountains in Washington.
Umatilla County in northeastern Oregon has seen wind gusts of 60 mph (97 km / h), snowdrifts along roads several meters high, and whiteout conditions that prevented the Oregon Department of Transportation from using its snowplows, the agency said.
I-84 was also closed east of Pendleton and US 26 was also closed due to heavy snow, ice and high winds near Rhododendron.
About eight inches of snow fell in the Columbia River Gorge on Monday between 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., followed by an ice storm, the National Weather Service said. As a result, I-84 was closed between Troutdale and Highway 64 near Hood River due to whiteout conditions and multiple accidents. This part of the road reopened later Monday, but I-84 again closed east of Pendleton due to dangerous conditions.
Pacific Power said it has restored service to more than 47,000 Oregon customers from Sunday to Monday afternoon and that by 5 p.m., most of the remaining 7,600 customers are expected to have their power restored by midnight.
In Washington, Interstate 90 Snoqualmie Pass over the Cascade Mountains was closed Monday due to blowing snow, zero visibility and avalanche risk. State transportation officials said it was scheduled to reopen around 8 p.m. Monday.
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