It has been a crazy 24 hours at Mount Rainier, especially with park and concessionaire staff trying to get Paradise Inn ready for Friday’s opening.
Snow began falling about 1 p.m. Wednesday and has left six inches of new snow on the ground at Paradise. That has pushed the total on the ground back up to 146 inches, according to weather data from a station at Paradise.
Meanwhile, the winds were howling at Camp Muir. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, winds reached a maximum speed of 113 mph and were averaging 94 mph. Such sustained winds are equal to those in a Category One hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. In addition to that, anyone on the upper mountain also had to deal with frigid conditions. With temperatures at 13 degrees at 6 p.m. the wind chill was -13 degrees.