Storms through Wash. bring rain, heavy mountain snow

The Snoqualmie Pass Summit. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (WSDOT)
The Snoqualmie Pass Summit. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (WSDOT)

SEATTLE (AP) — Steady snow falling in the Washington Cascades has led to intermittent closures of several mountain passes.

The state Transportation Department announced late Tuesday night that Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass has reopened after a several-hour closure due to multiple spinouts and the need for avalanche control.

U.S. Highway 2 over Stevens Pass also reopened Tuesday night.

Highway officials say snow continues to fall in the Cascade passes, where a winter storm warning is in effect until Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service expects 1 to 2 feet of new snow.

Steady rains could cause minor flooding on some rivers in Southwest Washington.

Forecasters say Tuesday’s storm will be followed by another vigorous frontal system on Wednesday night and Thursday.

The weather should turn drier Friday with a chance of partly sunny days over the weekend.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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