Passes Open While County Makes Progress

SPOKANE – Snoqualmie and White Passes reopened on Sunday morning, while Spokane County has opened up more roads to traffic.

The Washington State Department of Transportation opened Snoqualmie Pass just after midnight Sunday after it was closed for over two days. No restrictions are posted for Snoqualmie. However, White Pass is advising traction tires for vehicles going over on Highway 12. White Pass was reopened just before 9 a.m.

Stevens Pass remains closed, as crews continue to clear snow from Highway 2. The WSDOT has given no timetable to when the highway will reopen.

Meanwhile, Spokane County opened up a number of roads in the areas affected by the state of emergency on Saturday, and even more opened on Sunday.  Almost all roads north of Highway 2 in western Spokane County were fully open by Sunday afternoon, and major progress was being made to the southern part of the county.

Roads in the western part of the county that were opened up for traffic included Espanola, Euclid, Four Mound, Craig, Dover, Garfield, Tepee, Granite Lake, Medical Lake, Martin, Harmon, Lincoln, Charles, Wood, Coulee Hite, Salnave, Rambo and Brooks Roads.

Those opened in the southern part of the county includes Martin, Mullinix, Cheney-Plaza, Cheney-Spangle, Spangle-Waverly, Madison, Grove, Prairie View, Palouse Highway, Elder, Rock Lake, Old Highway 195, North Kentuck, Jennings, Watts, Valley Chapel, Wells, Wheeler, Williams Lake, Bradshaw and Truax Roads

State highways have been open since Friday.