Two roads will open Friday at Mount Rainier National Park, according to statement issued today by park officials.
Stevens Canyon Road, which connects the east and west sides of the park, will open at 8 a.m., the statement said.
The road typically opens in time for Memorial Day, but efforts to clear the road were slowed by deep snow and a number of slides.
Park officials warned drivers to be aware that a lot of snow still sits on the steep banks lining portions of the road and they should watch for additional rock and snow slides as the snow melts.
The White River Road also is opening Friday, from its junction with Highway 410 to the White River Campground. The campground at White River, however, is not expected to open until June 27.
Because of how weather conditions at the park can change so quickly, you should check road and weather before leaving for the park. You can do so by calling 360-569-2211 or by visiting the park Web site here.