High snowbanks along the roads in the Paradise area are causing concern among officials at Mount Rainier National Park.
The high snowbanks, created by the park’s road plowing operations, coupled with unseasonably high snowdepths, present a falling hazard above plowed roads and parking lots.
The parks is telling skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers to use extreme caution when playing in the Paradise area.
“Make sure you have scoped out your intended route before engaging in snowsports around the Paradise area. Parents should ensure children are kept away from all snowbanks above roads,” said a park news release.
There are currently 228 inches of snow on the ground at Paradise, 138 percent of normal for this time of year. The National Weather Service forecast for the park is calling for snow showers today through Friday.