SEATTLE (AP) — Drivers crossing the Washington Cascades Wednesday should expect periods of snow in the mountain passes.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory until 10 p.m. Forecasters expect 3 to 11 inches of snow in the mountains, with the snow level down to 3,000 feet.

The snow level is forecast to rise Thursday, but there’s still a chance of freezing temperatures in the passes.

Another front Friday will bring more precipitation and the threat of rain and snow showers through the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Transportation Department closed the North Cascades Highway on Tuesday for the winter because of heavy snow and avalanches. Last year the 37-mile section of Highway 20 closed on Nov. 21.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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