NCW — Snow slides closed at least three roads Thursday in Chelan County, but there’s less risk of slides Friday, according to the Northwest Avalanche Center, which monitors and forecasts avalanche activity.
Avalanche Center rates the threat of avalanche Friday as moderate at all elevations. By its ratings, there was a “considerable” avalanche threat Thursday.
The threat is greater Friday in Okanogan County. According to the Avalanche Center, there’s a considerable threat at elevations near and above the treeline. The threat below the treeline is rated as moderate.
Mission Ridge Road, which leads to Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, was reduced to one alternating lane of traffic from 5:45 to 9:40 a.m. Thursday at milepost 3.8 when after a snowslide covered about 40 feet of roadway.
Olalla Canyon near Cashmere was closed from about 1 to 1:50 p.m. from milepost 4.7 to 5.5 as crews cleared the 85-foot-wide swath of snow and debris.
Highway 2 through Tumwater Canyon closed about 3 p.m. from milepost 85 at Coles Corner to milepost 99 at the west end of Leavenworth due to multiple snow slides and avalanche danger. It was still closed late Thursday afternoon.