Avalanche dangers close 3 mountain passes in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Three major mountain passes in Washington state were closed overnight due to avalanche dangers after heavy rain fell on a large snowpack from recent storms, state transportation officials said.

Snoqualmie Pass along Interstate 90, Stevens Pass on U.S. Route 2 and White Pass on U.S. Route 12 were closed Sunday at 6 p.m. and remained closed Monday morning.

It was unknown how long the pass would be closed. It was due to be re-assessed Monday morning, the state Department of Transportation said.

On Interstate 90, traffic was stopped eastbound near North Bend, and westbound near Easton, Cle Elum and Ellensburg, officials said.

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