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For the second time during this snowy fall, State Route 20/North Cascades Highway will temporarily close for the safety of crews and travelers due to forecasted overnight and weekend snow, along with an increased risk of avalanches.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the gates at milepost 134 in Diablo and 171 in Mazama at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.

While WSDOT hopes to reopen the gates again this season, the weather will determine if it’s possible. The steep peaks along this scenic highway have dozens of avalanche chutes that can quickly fill up with unstable snow – creating an unsafe situation for crews working or people driving along this stretch.

Crews also temporarily closed the highway last month due to heavy snow near Rainy and Washington passes.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,158 Confirmed Skagit Cases
379 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

266 Hospitalizations
60 Deaths
11,527 Fully Vaccinated
33,897 Doses Given

Statewide

322,487 Confirmed Cases Statewide
19,433 Hospitalizations

4,988 Deaths Statewide

Updated 7 pm, March 2, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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