By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - State officials are advising Washington residents to wait until Thursday to drive over the mountain passes for their holiday celebrations.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/9iLGif ) meteorologists are expecting another intense snowstorm in the North Cascades by late Wednesday. They say it could drop between a foot and 2.5 feet of snow.

A spokesman for the Washington State Department of Transportation says drivers should check the department’s mountain-pass reports before heading over Snoqualmie and Stevens passes. And pack blankets, food and water for the trip.

At 7 a.m. Wednesday, chains were required on both Cascade passes for all vehicles except those with four-wheel drive. Stevens Pass is reporting gusty winds and blowing snow.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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