PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Washington transportation officials say conditions on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass have improved enough to allow crews to start cleanup efforts.
Officials say they hope to re-open the eastbound lanes at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Crews will use excavator and loaders to break up and move 20 to 30 trees that came down onto the interstate during this week’s ice storm. They say they’ll need an experienced tree-faller to take down up to 30 trees that fell on the westbound lanes.
The trees were impacted by heavy ice buildup.
Crews on U.S. 101 at Lake Crescent were working to remove a car-sized bolder that landed on the road during heavy rains.
Temperatures are now warming and the next concern is flooding as heavy rains mixes with melting snow and ice from recent storms.
Freezing rain also hit a broad swath of the Cascades, Central Washington and southwest Washington.
The Yakima airport in Washington closed at 6 p.m. while the runway at Spokane International Airport was closed at 9 p.m. due to freezing rain.
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