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North Cascades Highway is open

Washington State Department of Transportation announced at 12:16 p.m. that Highway 20 through the North Cascades from Ross Lake to Early Winters Creek is open for traffic.

Crews began the clearing process on Highway 20, also known as the North Cascades Highway, on March 31. It took crews nearly six weeks to clear the highway, as they encountered snow as deep as 35 feet over the roadway, WSDOT said. On average, it takes four to six weeks for crews to clear the highway.

It's now the shortest route from Bellingham to Okanogan fishing and turkey hunting in the Kettle and Selkirk Ranges.

For more information about Highway 20, go to wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/northcascades.

For regular updates on mountain pass highway and avalanche conditions log onto wsdot.com/traffic/passes and nwac.us