Apple Cup attendees expecting heavy snow on Snoqualmie Pass for return travel

Heavy snow is expected on Snoqualmie Pass this weekend, as many people from Western Washington will return from the Apple Cup in Pullman.

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — Ken Cardwell and his family drove from Sammamish to Pullman for the Apple Cup, ready to cheer on the Washington State cougars as they host the Washington Huskies. They say the drive there is easy, but Cardwell and his family are bracing for the heavy snow expected for Sunday.

“I’m sorry, that will be when the band kicks off in the background, I’m sorry,” laughs Ken Cardwell as he zooms in on KING 5 from Martin Stadium in Pullman.

“We’ll get up tomorrow morning and check the conditions,” Cardwell said. “But we’re planning a long day.”

They have four-wheelers and plan to take every precaution.

“When you go to school here or have gone to school here, you make that trip often, you just have to take your time and get ready,” Cardwell said of the trip between western Washington and Pullman.

A similar message was shared by Washington State Patrolman Christopher Thorson.

“Increase the following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front, so that in the event you need to stop, you have more space,” said Trooper Thorson.

Thorson also says to bring water, blankets, and anything else you might need during a snowstorm.

“Bring the leash,” Thorson said. “You can go up the pass and may need leashes, and if you don’t have them, you could get stuck there.”

For fans like Cardwell, they are planning to drive safely on Sunday and hope their team will win the Apple Cup.

“Being able to host this game at Martin Stadium is always fun,” said Cardwell. “So hopefully have a good game and hope everyone gets home safe.”

Jay Wiseman, Chief of Snoqualmie Pass Fire and Rescue added that it’s important to have good tires and that the biggest problem they face during a blizzard is unprepared drivers. He says it’s good to think of alternative routes and wait for the storm to pass if needed. Apple Cup attendees expecting heavy snow on Snoqualmie Pass for return travel

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