• Traction tires required on Stevens, Snoqualmie passes after early season snow fall

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    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.

    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. 



    For updated, mountain pass conditions, click here.

    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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