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Fresh snow at Paradise; will it ever stop snowing?

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on June 8, 2011 at 9:44 am with No Comments »
June 8, 2011 9:44 am
Here is the view moments ago from the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center looking toward Paradise Inn. (NPS image)

Part of my morning ritual is to check the webcams at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park.

This time of year, I usually do so to visually track the declining snowpack. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw fresh snow on the ground.

According to the Paradise weather station, they’ve had about three inches of new snow fall since last night. There are currently 189 inches of snow on the ground. That is 195 percent of normal for this time of year, according to data from park rangers.

Today’s snow could be the last for at least a few days. The snow level is supposed to rise to 6,000 feet today (Paradise sits at 5,400 feet) and then rise to 7,500-9,500 feet through Friday.

Check for yourself by clicking here.

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