Snoqualmie Pass reopens after hours of closure

Snoqualmie Pass reopens after hours of closure
A plow works to clear a snow slide near Franklin Falls along I-90/Snoqualmie Pass, Feb. 28, 2011. (WSDOT Photo)
HYAK, Wash. -- Heavy snow across Snoqualmie Pass was making it a headache for drivers to try and get across the Cascades Monday.

The WSDOT had to close I-90 in both directions between North Bend and Ellensburg for several hours Monday morning due to multiple spin-outs and crashes.

Then just after noon the DOT says a natural slide on the westbound lanes would keep the pass closed until they could clear the snow.

The pass was reopen in both directions by 8 p.m.

WSDOT wants drivers to carry chains and give yourself plenty of times for trips.

Heidi Bostwick, a student at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, was one of many who were chaining up.

"I didn't want to get up here and not know what to do," she said. "So I practiced in the garage, before I left this morning."

The practice paid off.

" It worked. I got that one on first try so this one I just got to get this one done," she said. "I'm nervous But I'm going to get to school.

Automated data at the mountain reports that Snoqualmie Pass has received 27 inches of new snow since 7 a.m. Sunday. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 4 pm. Tuesday for storm totals to range between 2-4 feet across the Cascades.