Kittitas County – WSDOT shut down Eastbound lanes of I-90 east of Ellensburg Wednesday morning because of crashes involving dozens of vehicles.
WSP Trooper Collin Cumaravel tweeted that the highway will be shut down from milepost 115 because of “a multiple car collision involving approximately 30 vehicles.” WSDOT says the closure is expected to last for “an extended period.”
WSDOT cameras in the area of the crash show fog, although it appears that most if not all of the snow has been cleared from the interstate. Visibility in the area of the crashes between Ellensburg and Moses lake is down to 0.25 miles or less.
Chief Meteorologist Briana Bermensolo says the refreeze of compact of snow overnight, plus freezing fog in the majority of valley locations across the Mid-Columbia this morning, is creating two different ice-makers on highways and interstates. Watch for black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses, which tend to get the coldest during freezing fog events from the exposed air around them.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
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