Tumbleweeds as high as 20-30 feet that buried cars and one 18-wheel semi truck, closed a state highway in southern Eastern Washington. The road was closed from 6:30 p.m. Tuesday until 4:30 a.m. New Year’s Day.
“People were still stuck at midnight and rung in the new year trapped under the weeds,” State trooper Chris Thorson said.
Thorson said Wednesday that troopers found one abandoned car that was trapped in the tumbleweeds at daylight but no one was inside.
Windy conditions caused the tumbleweeds to pile up.
#tumblegeddon After 10 hours of SR 240 being closed last night on New Year’s Eve, it was opened around 0430 thanks to @WSDOT_East We still have one abandon car trapped in the tumbleweeds that was found at daylight, luckily no one was in it. pic.twitter.com/df7XbnqafE
— Trooper C. Thorson (@wspd3pio) January 1, 2020