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Mount Vernon
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Aberdeen
5:40 p.m. Mon-Fri

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The Dalles
7:20 a.m. Mon-Fri

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Forks
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Forks
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Port Angeles
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Pullman
7:25 a.m. Mon-Fri

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Ellensburg
7:32 a.m. Mon-Fri

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Everett-Whidbey Is.
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Omak
7:25 a.m. Mon-Fri

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Shelton
6:30 a.m. Mon-Fri

KOZI 1230-AM
Chelan
1, 4 p.m. hours Mon-Fri

KOZI 93.5-FM
Chelan
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North Cascades Highway now set to open May 16

In a surprise announcement, state highway officials set this year's opening of the North Cascades Highway for May 16. This is a few weeks later than usual, but a month earlier than some recent estimates.

Crews began clearing the highway in early April, about a month later than a typical year. Some parts of the highway were reported to have 35 to 45 feet of snow, and state highway officials said at the time it could take up to eight weeks to completely clear the highway. But as it turns out, the rains softened the snow enough to speed up its removal.

The North Cascades Highway is cleared for travel once the winter snowstorms have subsided, and visitors wanting to drive deep into some of the more untouched parts of Washington state would do well to consider the six-hour drive from the Seattle area over to Wenatchee, an excellent place to spend the night and a popular destination in its own right.

The North Cascades Highway will take you through North Cascades National Park land of towering peaks and wonderful scenic vistas combining the mountains, forests, lakes and streams pictured on popular postcards of the region. It's not a route that you want to hurry through; the best thing to do is to just make the day of it, stopping at places along the way at your own pace. Yes, it will double the normal travel time between Seattle and Wenatchee, but it will be worth it.

The western terminus of the North Cascades Highway is in Sedro Woolley, in Northwest Washington. So the first couple of hours from Seattle will be spent just getting to the highway—Highway 20—and you'll find it an easy drive by freeway offering plenty to see along the way as you head north to Everett and through Snohomish and Skagit counties. To the west is Puget Sound and to the east is the range of mountains that you will be crossing later in the day.

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