White Pass reopens after being closed for high avalanche danger, rockslide

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WHITE PASS, Wash. — White Pass finally reopened Thursday after being closed due to high avalanche danger, a rockslide and a huge boulder that could have come down onto the roadway.

A rockslide blocking White Pass west of the summit on Tuesday left a large boulder exposed about 125 feet above the highway.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said the boulder is about 12 feet by 8 feet by 6 feet. It could dislodge due to additional snow, rain and a mix of freezing and thawing temperatures.

A specialized crew began working Wednesday to remove the boulder, which may need to be broken up into several pieces in order to be safely removed.

The road reopened Thursday afternoon.