Mountain passes, roads closed due to weather conditions, more snow forecast Monday afternoon

<p><p>Multiples mountain passes and roads were closed Monday due to blowing and compact snow.</p></p><p><p>Winter weather warnings and advisories were issued for all of Eastern Washington and North Idaho early Monday morning, said Ken Daniel, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Spokane. </p></p><p><p>Meteorologists warned of blowing and drifting snow for many areas in and around Spokane including Airway Heights, Davenport and Ritzville along with much of the Palouse. The advisory was placed in effect until 7 p.m. Monday.</p></p><p><p>State Route 272 was closed between Colfax and the Idaho state line Monday morning due to snow drifts, as was State Route 127 along the Snake River in Whitman County was closed Monday morning due to snow drifts. The roadway was still closed as of 3:15 p.m.</p></p><p><p>State Route 272 was reopen by 11 a.m. Part of state Route 194 was also closed until around 1:15 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation, though traffic was reduced to one lane due to continuing snow drifts. </p></p><p><p>“The existing snow pack has been blowing onto the roads,” Daniel said.</p></p><p><p>Despite the snow drifts, just a trace of snow fell in the Spokane area overnight Sunday. However winds in excess of 30 mph were recorded overnight and into Monday morning. </p></p><p><p>Those high winds began tapering off at about 7 a.m., Daniel said. </p></p><p><p>Snoqualmie and White Pass were closed Monday morning with no estimated time for reopening, according to the state Department of Transportation. Both were still closed as of 3:15 p.m.</p></p><p><p>Avalanche control work was underway on Stevens Pass caused Eastbound traffic and Westbound traffic to be stopped for hours Monday morning before the pass reopened around 10:15 a.m.</p></p><p><!–[photoset id=11673]–></p><p><p>The 1-3 inches of new snow forecasted to fall in the Spokane area Monday was expected by meteorologists to make to the evening commute difficult. Overnight light snow showers will continue with a chance for continued light snow through Wednesday, Daniel said.</p></p><p><p>Another storm system will move into the area late Wednesday night and continue through Friday, he said </p></p><p><p>While temperatures aren’t forecast to be as cold as last week, high temperatures likely will hover around freezing, he said. </p></p><p><p>“We’re not expecting a ton of melting out there,” Daniels said. </p></p><p><p>Drivers should look at the forecast and plan extra time for their commutes, Daniels said. Avoid travel during storms if possible, he said. </p></p>