SR 20 near Newhalem closed for avalanche, Stevens Pass reopens

Photo courtesy Washington State Department of Transportation.

U.S. 2 at Stevens Pass and state Route 20 both closed Sunday afternoon due to heavy snow that has created poor visibility at Stevens and an avalanche on the road on SR 20, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Stevens Pass reopened early Sunday night.

WSDOT says both directions of SR 20 are closed at milepost 123 just east of Newhalem and will remain closed at least until maintenance crews can reassess the safety of the area Monday morning. WSDOT does not have a specific time for reopening the roadway.

Crews will be back Monday morning to assess the area.

WSDOT says the avalanche is about 300 feet wide and 25 to 30 feet high. Everyone is reported safe.

The Stevens Pass ski resort closed at 5 p.m. Sunday because of weather conditions and plan on reopening 9 a.m. Monday, conditions permitting.

At 7 a.m. Sunday, Snoqualmie Pass had received 10 inches of snow in the last 24 hours and Stevens Pass 11 inches, the National Weather Service said.

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