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WSU Pullman campus cancels classes Monday and Tuesday

Weather and road closures present danger for students traveling across state

By , Columbian staff writer

Washington State University’s Pullman campus is canceling classes on Monday and Tuesday due to inclement weather concerns and highway closures throughout the state.

All other WSU campuses, including Vancouver, are expected to begin classes on schedule Monday morning, weather permitting.

WSU announced the closure via Twitter and press release Friday morning, citing concern for a number of students who would be traveling from parts of Western Washington in time for the new semester.

The Washington State Department of Transportation reported that all mountain passes connecting Pullman to major areas including Seattle and Tacoma have been closed due to fallen trees, snow and avalanche concerns. A 20-mile stretch of Interstate 5 south of Chehalis was closed for hours on Friday due to flooding in Thurston and Lewis counties.

WSDOT is recommending all road travel be reconsidered due to flooding or other weather-related issues.

Northwest Storms

Southbound traffic on Interstate-5 is open through Lewis County, however, northbound traffic was shutdown on the morning, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, due to floodwaters covering parts of the road near Chehalis, Wash. Pacific Northwest storm causes flooding, slides, shuts roads
Snow and rain continued to fall across the Pacific Northwest on Friday, causing flooding and closing portions of Washington's two major highways —…
A sign warns drivers of a section of Interstate 5 that is closed ahead due to rising flood water from the Chehalis River, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, near Rochester, Wash. Rain and snow continued to fall across the Pacific Northwest Friday, causing flooding and concerns about avalanche danger in the mountains. (AP Photo/Ted S. I-5 in Thurston and Lewis counties reopens after flood closure
A 20-mile stretch of Interstate 5 is open again in Lewis and Thurston counties after flooding forced the closure before 8 a.m. Friday. 
A landslide closed Interstate 84 between Troutdate and Hood River in both directions on Thursday. I-84 reopens after closures due to landslide
Interstate 84 is open to all traffic again both east and westbound in Oregon after being closed between Troutdale and Hood River most of Thursday…

The first day of the new semester for students at the Pullman campus will be Wednesday.

All other facilities and operations at the Pullman campus will be open during normal business hours on Monday and Tuesday, pending worsening conditions.