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Snow in mountain recreation forecast for Presidents Day weekend

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 17, 2012 at 9:19 am |
February 17, 2012 9:32 am
This is the view this morning from the west-facing webcam at the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise. (Mount Rainier National Park)

Just in time for the holiday weekend, a storm front is rolling in with some fresh snow.

A winter weather advisory in effect at Mount Rainier from 4 p.m. today through 10 p.m. Saturday.

A front will bring increasing rain and snow to the park this afternoon and tonight, said the National Weather Service forecast. Significant snowfall will continue Saturday as an upper level trough moves into the region.

The snow level will fall to 2,000 feet through the Monday holiday, about the elevation of the Nisqually entrance to the park.

The forecast calls for 7-10 inches of new snow today and another 5-7 inches Saturday.

About 1-3 inches of new snow has fallen in the last 24 hours at Paradise. The snow pack is at 125 inches.

Wind speeds are forecast to be 15-20 mph through Saturday night, which could cause drifting and visibility issues.

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center said there will be increasing considerable avalanche danger above 5,000 feet and moderate danger below that level on Saturday.

The road from Longmire to Paradise is open, but traction tires are advised and all vehicles must carry tire chains.

At nearby Crystal Mountain Resort, the forecast is calling for 7-10 inches of snow Saturday and 5-7 inches Sunday. At The Summit at Snoqualmie, the forecast is for 7 inches Saturday and 10-15 inches Sunday. White Pass ski area is expecting 7 inches Saturday and 7-10 inches Sunday.

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