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North Cascades Highway to open Thursday

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WINTHROP — A forecast for gradually warming temperatures along with successful avalanche control work prompted plans to reopen the North Cascades Highway to traffic at noon on Thursday.

That’s just in time for Winthrop’s ‘49er Days, an annual celebration that includes a parade and rendezvous of packers who guide visitors using horses and mules, said Jeff Adamson, spokesman for the Washington Department of Transportation.

The stretch of Highway 20 from Mazama to Newhalem closes every winter due to avalanche danger.…

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