Avalanche closed U.S. Highway 2 west of Leavenworth for hours, WSDOT says

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. -- An avalanche closed U.S. Highway 2 about 4 miles west of Leavenworth  for a couple of hours Thursday afternoon, the Washington State Department of Transportation said.

Chelan County Emergency Management says the highway was closed from milepost 85 at Coles Corner to milepost 99 at the west end of Leavenworth "due to multiple snow slides and avalanche danger. "

A couple of hours later, WSDOT said the avalanche was cleared away and the highway was back open.