by: Deborah Horne Updated:
It is the first real wintry blast of the season so far at Snoqualmie Pass. When we a arrived a couple of hours ago, traction tires were being advised. But by the looks of things, chains will likely be required. Interstate 90 is getting slicker by the hour. We talked to people at Traveler's Rest who told us the weather caught them by surprise.
"I'm a traveling nurse," said Desiree Vaughan of Moses Lake. "I normally have my four-wheel drive but I'm in my sports car today. So I'm hoping I'm going to find somebody who's going to put those chains on for me."
"Are you looking at my photographer hoping that he'll be the one to help?" asked Horne.
"Do you know how to put chains on?" she asked him, laughing.
Then we met Alisha Gill of Sammamish.
"It was a surprise to you?" asked Horne.
"Yes, it was but we're very excited," she said, looking at her two young children. "Are we excited about the snow, guys? Yeah."
Something new for truckers heading to the summit from Eastern Washington: The State Department of Transportation has constructed a new, wider chain up area for westbound vehicles. The wider area will give truckers more room. It is a pilot project called the Intelligent Transportation Systems to make the chain up process more orderly. If it is successful, it will be expanded across the state.