View Full Version : Washington highway buried under 75 feet of snow

05-16-2011, 08:22 AM
By the time they clear all this it'll be winter again! Washington highway buried under 75 feet of snow

Running just south of the U.S. border with Canada, you’d expect the North Cascade Highway to be subject to some wintry weather occasionally.

But this weekend drivers on State Route 20--which passes from Port Townsend in west Washington State to Newport in the east--found that snow chains wouldn’t be sufficient after an incredible 75 feet of snow covered a 40-mile stretch of the highway.

And the heavy snowfall could keep the road closed for another week, which would mark its latest spring reopening in 30 years. Officials from the Washington Department of Transportation officials say snow is 75-feet deep this


05-16-2011, 08:56 AM
Wow that is some global warming there:eek:

05-16-2011, 11:00 PM
Lets just say WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) has had its work cut out for it this year. We have all of our ski areas staying open till mid May except for Crystal Mountain which I think is open Memorial Day weekend.

Anyways, Hwy 20, thru the North Cascades is suppose to be one of those roads that should be listed as a "must drive". I was actually hoping to do a motorcycle ride this summer along that stretch of highway.

05-16-2011, 11:02 PM
What? the plows can't handle it?

05-16-2011, 11:02 PM
Anyone heard from Bernie Mado...er...I mean Al Gore lately? What's he doing, hiding and counting his money?

05-16-2011, 11:05 PM
What? the plows can't handle it?

Not on this road.... Same goes for highway 410 thru Mt Rainier Nation Park. Those roads get so much snow that it isn't cost effective to plow them thru the winter.

05-16-2011, 11:15 PM
So send in the tunnel borers. ;)

Adam Wood
05-17-2011, 01:45 AM
Many moons ago, my father was in Seattle on business and had a day to kill between one meeting and the next. So, he rented a car and got some snow chains and drove up as far as he could onto Ranier (which wasn't very far). He had a camera and a tiny little portable tripod about 8" long that he set up on the roof of the car and then set the timer to take a picture of himself next to the snow banks on either side of the road. They are at least 30' tall in that picture. :eek: