Avalanche risk closes SR 20 in Newhalem

(NEWHALEM)– Due to the avalanche risk along State Route 20/North Cascades Highway, the Washington State Department of Transportation closed the highway east of Newhalem at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. The warming temperatures and intense rain that followed heavy snow Wednesday created the hazard. The highway is closed at milepost 121; it will remain closed until the risk subsides. Based on the forecast, WSDOT anticipates this closure will last through the weekend.