PNW Snow – A State of Emergency
As I’m writing this, there is no dependable land route out of the maritime Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Portland). All Interstates are closed. I-90 costs $20M/day in economic costs per day it is shut down. I-5 and I-84 are also closed. These are ALL the interstates highways serving the PNW. We are isolated. The US highways are likewise closed. The only way out is air, and Horizon Air reports all flights are fully booked. (And Vancouver BC is likewise isolated in our greatest trading partner). The Governor of Washington State has declared a State of Emergency. This isn’t a Federal Emergency.
The governor’s announcement, after briefings by municipal and county officials in Spokane Thursday, allows local governments and the state Department of Transportation to bypass normal bidding requirements so they can quickly hire private companies to help with snow removal.
Interstate 90, the state’s main east-west link, was closed at Snoqualmie Pass by deep snow and avalanche danger Wednesday. It remains closed until at least Friday morning.
Even worse, this snow isn’t good for skiing, as the roads are closed
With Interstate 90 closed, the Summit at Snoqualmie was forced to do the same today. The company’s Web site and snow line say to check this morning for Friday’s operating schedule.
Stevens Pass was open this afternoon but canceled night skiing when Highway 2 closed….
Crystal Mountain, which reported getting 41 inches of snow since Sunday, was open today. White Pass was open and the parking lot packed as skiers and boarders flocked to the slopes to float through 14 inches of new powder.
BTW, another storm is about to arrive. I blame Al Gore (LOL).