STEVENS PASS, Wash. - Traction tires are now required on Stevens and Snoqualmie passes as an early snowstorm continues to coat the mountains.
The National Weather Service issues a winter weather advisory for the Cascades above 3,000 feet through 8 p.m. Stevens Pass is expected to receive 3 to 5 inches of snow by Tuesday evening.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the Cascades above 3000 feet. The main concern is for additional snow accumulations up to 5" at Stevens Pass. At Snoqualmie Pass, snow or a rain-snow mix is possible with heavier showers. This will improve later today. #wawx— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) October 8, 2019
Washington State Patrol tweeted that due to the snowfall, traction tires are now required on Stevens Pass, and vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross weight are required to have chains. Earlier Tuesday morning, a disabled semi truck blocked the eastbound lanes 2 miles west of Stevens Pass Summit.
The Washington State DOT noted that conditions were rough on Snoqualmie Pass. Traction tires are required and chains are required for vehicles over 10,000 gross vehicle weight.
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Meanwhile, at lower elevations, showers and thunderstorms are expected to bring rain and hail through the evening, the National Weather Service said.
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