Passes could be snowy and slick for Thanksgiving

November 19, 2012 

— It’s lining up to be a wet and slick Thanksgiving weekend.

A series of storms -- a continuation of the ones that brought wet weather to the Wenatchee Valley all weekend -- are expected to continue throughout the week and over the weekend. Temperatures in the Wenatchee Valley shouldn’t drop below freezing, but it doesn’t look like the umbrellas and rain jackets will be put away any time soon. Three quarters of an inch of rain could fall today, according to the National Weather Service.

With freezing levels hovering around 3,500 feet all week, Thanksgiving travelers heading over the Cascades may be dealing with snowy roads and slow-moving traffic, said Rocco Pelatti, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. Today, Cascade passes above 4,000 feet could get 5 to 12 inches of snow. It is unclear whether ski areas like Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge will receive snow or rain this week.

Highway 20 will close down at 6 p.m. today due to heavy snow and high avalanche danger. The pass may reopen for the Thanksgiving holiday, if conditions permit, said Jeff Adamson, a spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation. The last two years the pass has been closed before Thanksgiving but Adamson said it could go either way.

“I’m not going to hold my breath but we’ll leave that door open,” he said.

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