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Mount Rainier crews assessing safety along road to Paradise

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 22, 2012 at 11:14 am |
February 22, 2012 11:15 am

UPDATED AT 11:14 A.M.

Park officials have decided the danger is too great and will keep the road from Longmire to Paradise closed today.

Freezing rain this morning has covered the west-facing webcam at Paradise. More than two feet of snow has fall at Paradise in the last two days. (Mount Rainier National Park)

About an hour ago, officials at Mount Rainier National Park said crews were out assessng the road from Longmire to Paradise. Afterwards they will decide if it will be open to the public today due to heavy rain and snow from the past 24 hours.

The road was closed Tuesday because of heavy snowfall and the danger of avalanches.

More than a foot of new snow fell in the last 24 hours, pushing the snowpack total to 163 inches. Ironically, it’s only been because of the more than two feet of snow that has fallen in the last couple of days that the snowpack has crept above average levels. As of this morning, the snowfall total is 107 percent of normal.

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