If you’re looking to play in some fresh snow this weekend, I would put Paradise at the top of your list.
More than a foot of snow has fallen at the Mount Rainier National Park play area in the last 24 hours.
As of 6 this morning, the weather data from the station at Paradise showed 14 inches of snow had falled in the previous day, pushing the snowpack total back up to 171 inches.
You’ll need to take skis, snowboards or snowshoes because the snow play area has been closed for some time. The park has stopped grooming the runs, and a snow storm in April filled in the runs making them unsafe to use.
Higher on the mountain, wind has been the big issue. On Monday at 5 a.m., the wind speed hit a maximum of 93 mph and the sustained winds were 76 mph. Winds like that are the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane.