The Latest: Heavy snow falls on Washington mountains

AP News
Posted: Dec 18, 2015 12:49 PM

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the storms in the Pacific Northwest (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

There is heavy snow on mountain passes in the Washington Cascades as a storm sweeps through the Pacific Northwest.

As of 5 a.m. Friday, 18 inches of snow had fallen on Snoqualmie Pass, 16 inches on Stevens Pass and 11 inches on White Pass. Another 4 to 8 inches of snow was expected Friday.

The snow made for some treacherous driving. Eastbound Interstate 90 was closed 14 miles east of North Bend to allow officials to clear out a bunch of spun-out vehicles on Snoqualmie Pass.

Chains are required for all vehicles except all-wheel drive vehicles traveling over Snoqualmie Pass on Friday morning.

It wasn't all bad news. The Alpental and Summit Central ski areas were both open on Friday.


8:40 a.m.

Fresh storms barreled through the already sodden Pacific Northwest, triggering a landslide that killed a woman and destroyed her home near the Oregon Coast.

Siuslaw (seye-YOO'-slaw) Valley Fire Chief Jim Langborg tells Florence radio station KCST a man, woman and two dogs were inside the home. The man and the one of the dogs escaped Friday morning.

Crews evacuated three other homes and closed a road 2 miles east of Highway 101. Rain pounded the coast Thursday and early Friday as it has for much of December.


5:45 a.m.

Storms in the Pacific Northwest have unleashed a damaging landslide north of Newport, Oregon, forced evacuations and opened up a sinkhole that swallowed a car.

The slide and sinkhole occurred Thursday, with four homes damaged and eight other homes evacuated.

Lincoln County Emergency Manager Jenny Demaris says a resident found that the sinkhole had swallowed his car while it was inside his garage.

According to the Newport Fire Department, crews shut off power, water and gas to the neighborhood.

No injuries were reported.

The Oregon Department of Transportation on Thursday closed a portion of Highway 30 east of Rainer because of a landslide. A slide closed the same spot last week.