- Four main passes were shut down.
- The closures were forced by heavy rain and snow days.
- A 72-year-old man was reported missing and presumed to be dead.
There have been days of heavy snow, rain and a winter storm that caused roads to become blocked. This has led to major travel routes being closed between Seattle, Washington, and points east. These closures will continue until at least Sunday morning.
It is a good idea to carefully review routes and to adjust or delay travel if necessary.
As of Saturday afternoon, all four mountain passes connecting western and eastern Washington State were still closed. Crews are working to clear as much snow as possible in some areas.
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Interstate 90 was closed to Snoqualmie Pass in Washington. This is the main route across the Cascade Mountains.
All were shut down on Thursday.
After being closed due to flooding or landslides, portions of I-5 in Washington State and I-84 Oregon were reopened.
One death could be attributed to the weather. After moving his car to higher ground, a 72-year-old Cosmopolis man, 50 miles west Olympia, failed to return home on Friday. Cosmopolis is located near the Chehalis River’s coast, where many areas were flooded.
According to The Associated Press, officials fear that the vehicle was swept away by floodwaters from a steep embankment near his driveway.
Due to flooding in several counties, evacuations were ordered Friday.
A Magnolia neighborhood house in Seattle was purchased. swept off its foundationThen, he slid down a hillside. One person was saved and another was unharmed.
Two dogs were also found in the house, one of which was found dead, the other was missing.
Another nearby home was evacuated.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared an emergency due to a series of winter storms which have struck the state since mid December. The Weather Channel named Hatcher the latest storm, which passed through Thursday and Friday.
One of the many events in Seattle was held. wettest first weeksJanuary in records going back 78 years
Hoquiam, Washington, was a small town on the Washington coast, near Cosmopolis. wettest day everAccording to the National Weather Service, Thursday’s rainfall was about 6 inches.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s latest report, much of eastern Washington remains in moderate-to-extreme drought as of Thursday.
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