“Extreme” avalanche danger continues on mountain passes

STEVENS PASS, Wash. (AP) — Snow was hammering the central Cascade Mountain passes in Washington state on Tuesday morning, continuing the travel headaches for those trying to get across and keeping avalanche dangers at extremely high levels. Stevens Pass was shut down for the second time Monday evening after another snow slide covered part of the highway. It had remained closed Tuesday morning. Snoqualmie Pass was open, but snowy with strong winds. Conditions were too unsafe to clear a slide on U.S. 2 earlier Monday. The Northwest Avalanche Center said it’s been years since they forecasted extreme avalanche danger like this.