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North Cascades Hwy Clearing Begins 4/11/2011
Department of Transportation crews are set to begin clearing the North Cascades Highway this morning, about three weeks later than last years start.

According to DOT's Jeff Adamson, the lingering winter weather in the Cascades could challenge the date for the second latest seasonal opening of Hwy. 20 ever, set on May 21st 1976.

The 34-mile stretch between the Skagit and Methow valleys has been closed since Dec. 1.

Last year, crews started clearing snow on March 22, and finished four weeks later when it opened April 16.

It's too early to accurately predict when the highway might open this year, Adamson gives a rough estimate of six weeks to complete the clearing.