Pay attention to traction requirements on Washington/Idaho passes

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SPOKANE, Wash. — With cold temperatures continuing, and more snow expected later this week, it’s important to know the traction requirements when traveling.

While you can usually use your best judgment in the metro area, driving across the Washington and Idaho passes are a different story.

There’s been countless crashes on the Snoqualmie Pass, and now the Washington Department of Transportation is urging drivers to chain up.

All cars that don’t have four-wheel or all-wheel drive should have tire chains on Snoqualmie, otherwise it could result in spin-outs and crashes, which could turn fatal.

The Idaho Transportation Department is also sending the same message to drivers.

So far, nine snow plows have been hit this winter, with several occurring in North Idaho.

ITD’s number one tip is to never try and pass a plow, and stay behind them so you have better traction on the road.

You can check pass conditions in Washington here, and in Idaho here.

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