Snow, downed trees close several major highways


by KING 5 News

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 6:51 PM

Long stretches of some highways in Western Washington remained closed Thursday morning due to downed trees and heavy snow.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said US 101 in Mason County was closed in two places, a 25 mile stretch between Cedar Cove Road and just north of Potlatch Road, along with a four mile stretch between State Route 106 and Brockdale Road.

State Route 106 in the Hood Canal area is closed for five miles between Purdy Cutoff Road and Dalby Road.

The Mount Baker Highway, State Route 542, is closed until at least Friday at Canyon Creek Road due to fallen trees.

Drivers on Interstate 90 could also expect intermittent closures for avalanche control over Snoqualmie Pass.

At daylight Thursday, maintenance crews will reassess the situation, and if conditions are safe, will begin clearing trees and plowing snow to reopen the roads.

KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott said Thursday will bring rain at times in the morning, changing to afternoon showers with highs in the low to mid 40s. It will be blustery at times with winds about 10-to-25 mph. Latest forecast

There will be heavy snow at times in the mountains during the morning, changing to off-and-on snow showers in the afternoon. Snow level will be between 1,500 and 2,000 feet, bringing 6-to-10 feet of snow between 5 a.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday.

A few schools were reporting late starts again Thursday. Latest school delays / Sign up for school closure text alerts

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