- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Interstate 90 eastbound reopened at Snoqualmie Pass at about 7 p.m. Thursday after a shutdown of nearly 24 hours.

The roadway was closed over an 80-mile stretch from North Bend to Ellensburg due to heavy snow fall, trees leaning over the roadway and high avalanche danger.

Transportation officials estimated Thursday night that the westbound lanes would reopen at 1 a.m. Friday.

More than 25 inches of snow has fallen in the area over the past 24 hours.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews worked Wednesday night and Thursday on avalanche control and clearing the roadway of snow and crashes.

Snoqualmie Pass is about 54 miles east of Seattle and is the major east-west passageway over the Cascade Range.

Stevens Pass reopened at 1 p.m. after morning avalanche control work. White Pass on U.S. 12 is open.

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