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Title: After 75 FEET of snow, North Cascades Hwy to open late
Post by: Landshark on May 16, 2011, 09:57:30 PM
Article with great pics from the Daily Mail (UK):

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1387344/Washington-State-Route-20-Highway-buried-75FEET-snow.html

(http://oi51.tinypic.com/2dj9h1v.jpg)

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Title: Re: After 75 FEET of snow, North Cascades Hwy to open late
Post by: agentsteel53 on May 16, 2011, 10:13:47 PM
that first picture is gorgeous.  I have never driven US-2 or WA-20 in Washington and I must clearly do both.
Title: Re: After 75 FEET of snow, North Cascades Hwy to open late
Post by: Landshark on May 16, 2011, 11:01:00 PM
^ SR-20 is a must drive its entire stretch.  After a short start at Discovery Bay, it crosses to Whidbey Island on a ferry and then crosses the scenic Deception Pass.  At the east end, hit US-2 for a short stretch in Idaho to get the multi-state 200, which is also very scenic in its Idaho and Montana stretches.

Deception Pass (http://todayonebeys.blogspot.com/2010/08/deception-pass-bridge-anniversary.html):

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_cFlEnakAsxk/TFw9PskiGFI/AAAAAAAAATc/ujFF9nKziMc/s1600/Deception_Pass.jpg)

Title: Re: After 75 FEET of snow, North Cascades Hwy to open late
Post by: agentsteel53 on May 16, 2011, 11:09:16 PM
I have driven the entire MSR-200, from Idaho to Minnesota, but at the time I did not think to consider the WA-20 route as an "extension" of it.

<fictional-highways>I'd still sign the entire route as either US-0 or US-402.</fictional-highways>
Title: Re: After 75 FEET of snow, North Cascades Hwy to open late
Post by: Landshark on May 16, 2011, 11:19:59 PM
The 20/200.  Great road trip.  Never have made it all the way to Floodwood, yet.  The towns are fun too.  Port Townsend, Coupeville, Anacortes, La Conner (very short side track), Winthrop, Republic, Sandpoint, Missoula...
Title: Re: After 75 FEET of snow, North Cascades Hwy to open late
Post by: Tarkus on May 17, 2011, 12:11:45 AM
Wow, now that's a pile of snow.  Definitely need to get up to WA-20 one of these days . . . of course, obviously, no hurry given the weather conditions. :spin:

<fictional highways>Since the number's already sort of established, and we have a few other recent US Route additions that are violators (*cough* US-425 *cough), why not US-200?</fictional highways>
Title: Re: After 75 FEET of snow, North Cascades Hwy to open late
Post by: Landshark on May 17, 2011, 02:54:22 PM
Here is a link to some pictures of the snow removal effort from the Seattle Times:

North Cascades Highway snow removal (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/picturethis/2015071517_crewsremovesnowfromnorthcascadehighway.html)
Title: Re: After 75 FEET of snow, North Cascades Hwy to open late
Post by: Landshark on May 17, 2011, 02:55:34 PM
Here is a more informative article on the situation from a few days ago:

Seattle Times: 'Don't think I've ever seen this much snow this late' (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015029349_northcascades12m.html)