Rain, avalanche danger on Snoqualmie Pass

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- The avalanche danger caused by heavy rain on top of snow has interrupted travel Tuesday on Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass, between Ellensburg and North Bend.

The pass was blocked from 1 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in both directions. It reopened at 9:30 a.m. westbound from the summit to allow local traffic off the pass. Eastbound remains closed.

Transportation Department spokesman Mike Westbay in Yakima says the avalanche danger remains high. Snoqualmie Pass received nearly 34 inches of snow over the weekend.

Highway 2 across Stevens Pass also has been closed off-and-on Tuesday morning for avalanche control.