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PostSun Dec 25, 2022 8:12 am 
Last Sunday I made it over to the east side before the pass closed. I'm wondering how this Tuesday will fair. What time should I leave Seattle? 9 am? I know it's weather, it's anyone's guess...

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PostSun Dec 25, 2022 10:15 am 
I find that the earlier the better when it comes to I 90 in winter. You will avoid the majority of traffic. Coming back over will be the usual mess of spinouts, clueless drivers and possible closure. Have breakfast in Cle Elum.

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PostSun Dec 25, 2022 3:47 pm 
NWS says rain and 35 over the Pass on Tuesday. Wintry mix to the east along 90 though - that may be the bigger issue

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PostSun Dec 25, 2022 7:26 pm 
Heavy rain can be a big problem as they often close the pass for avalanche control. From what I can tell, there may be a break in the heavy stuff on Wednesday. It might be a bit colder, but drier.

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PostSun Dec 25, 2022 7:34 pm 
Pass is open according to DOT website cheers.gif drive safe y'all

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PostSun Dec 25, 2022 9:43 pm 
When there is a "Winter Storm Warning" , Stevens despite being an objectively more difficult mountain road sees fewer closures than I-90. This is due to a number of factors: 1) I-90 is way busier and enough of the traffic are non-skiers with zero to scant experience driving on snow and ice. It only takes one knucklehead to start a multi car pileup. 2) When the "chains required" sign goes up: there are some semis that try to sneak through without chains and it goes pretty well until the last 1/2 mile where the road pitches up and curves to the right. Once the drive wheels start spinning at that point the semi will sometimes end up sideways across all 4 uphill lanes

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PostSun Dec 25, 2022 10:13 pm 
In said conditions, you should have the Chains on well before its CHAINS REQUARRED. No reason to wait!!! Just throw em on, good set can handle a little bare pavement at decent speeds before you hit snow. Ron Warlow used to just put em on in Monroe.

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PostMon Dec 26, 2022 2:41 pm 
Iím always amazed how a major interstate highway casually meanders through such treacherous mountains as though itís no big deal. And then Cle Elum to Ellensburg gets closed, which seems trivial to keep open.

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PostMon Dec 26, 2022 6:51 pm 
CS wrote:
Iím always amazed how a major interstate highway casually meanders through such treacherous mountains as though itís no big deal. And then Cle Elum to Ellensburg gets closed, which seems trivial to keep open.
It's the same kind of casual blasphemy orangutans show god.

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