Snoqualmie Pass set to reopen after almost a 24-hour closure due to heavy snow

SNOQUALMIE PASS -Snoqualmie Pass is expected to reopen after a 24 hour closure Thursday night.

WSDOT says they will re-open I-90 E going over the pass at 7 p.m.

The Westbound lanes will also reopen Thursday night but the exact time is unknown.

Thursday morning state troopers escorted Q13 FOX News beyond the closure and into Snoqualmie pass where we ran into a wall of snow along I-90 and tall traffic signs buried in the snow almost 15 feet high.

“This is definitely rare to see this much snow affecting this many passes,” Travis Phelps of WSDOT said.

Rescuers saved people stranded at the Summit Wednesday night shutting down an eighty mile stretch from North Bend to Ellensburg.

“We are still waiting to go across,” said one man.

The Moff family waited overnight hoping Snoqualmie Pass would open by Thursday morning.

“I got to keep a positive attitude it’s the holidays,” Moff said.

But with avalanche dangers and falling trees, WSDOT announced Thursday morning that the pass was closed indefinitely. WSDOT says they have 30 different spots across the pass where there is a danger of an avalanche.

“We are really sorry if your plans had to change I had some plans on the East side as well,” Phelps said.

But the Moff family says with a sick family member in the hospital in Idaho this Christmas, they can’t give up on the 325 miles they have left to go.

“It’s pretty much White Pass or put them on an Amtrak or plane or something,” Moff said.