North Cascades Highway reopens Tuesday

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Washington state transportation officials say the North Cascades Highway will open to vehicle traffic at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The state Department of Transportation says workers for the past six weeks have been clearing the highway of snow between winter closure points near Diablo and Mazama.

Last week, crews clearing snow from the east and west sides of the North Cascades met just west of Rainy pass.

The highway has been closed between the closure points since Nov. 15.

Officials say avalanche potential remains, and many Forest Service and Parks Service facilities remain closed.