First snow reported at Snoqualmie Pass

Snoqualmie Pass has 4 inches of snow. Traction tires are recommended for both Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass on Wednesday morning.

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. – Snoqualmie Pass saw its first snow of the season on Wednesday morning. The pass has received four inches of snow and more is expected in the coming days.

Some have ventured up the pass to enjoy the first snowfall.

“This is my first time making a snowball. It was harder than I expected,” said Haziq Nordin, from Australia.

Snoqualmie Pass is the last stop on Nordin’s trip. His friend said he had to make the trip to experience the snow for the first time, even if it flew home two hours before he flew.

“It looks so epic and timeless in a way that I didn’t really think it would be,” says Nordin.

Due to snowfall, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) closed SR 410/Chinook Pass, SR 123/Cayuse Pass and SR 123 to Stevens Canyon Road. WSDOT says this is the earliest Chinook Pass closure since 1935.

Traction tires are recommended for both Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass on Wednesday morning. Most of the snow had melted by the afternoon.

National Weather Service tweeted Tips on driving in winter weather. They suggest that drivers have a phone charger, a zipper, a flashlight and other tools ready.

Starting November 1, WSDOT says motorists can start using studded tires. WSDOT also said that the installation of chains in vehicles will also be encouraged starting November 1.

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