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Avalanche threat closes road to Paradise

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 6, 2009 at 9:45 am with No Comments »
January 6, 2009 9:45 am

The threat of avalanches has led Mount Rainier National Park officials to close the road from Longmire to Paradise.

The current forecast calls for heavy rain and the freezing level rising to 7,000 feet, creating extreme avalanche conditions today, said a park news release. With the threat of slides, park officials have opted to close the road.

The road to Longmire, however, reopened earlier this morning after it was closed Monday. The release said the road was closed Monday due to the danger from numerous falling trees. Since conditions stabilized, park officials reopened the road at 7:30 p.m.

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