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More snow falls in the Cascades; boon to ski areas

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 23, 2012 at 9:36 am |
February 23, 2012 9:42 am

Heavy snowfall continues to blanket the Cascades.

Paradise received more than 17 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, bringing the total on the ground up to 164 inches. Back on Feb. 13, the total was just 124 inches. The current snow depth is 106 percent of normal.

There was no word this morning on the opening of the road from Longmire to Paradise.

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center is forecasting considerable avalanche danger above 5,000 feet and moderate danger below that. The danger level will slowly decrease tonight.

Crystal Mountain Resort reported this morning that it received 7 inches of new snow at the summit. The upper mountain has been closed the last two days because of high winds.

The Chinook lift is not operating today. The resort will use Quicksilver and the Mount Rainier Gondola to acces the upper mountain. Because of this the ski area will not charge for the gondola today.

White Pass received 14 inches of new snow at the summit and 5 inches at the base in the last 24 hours.

The Summit at Snoqualmie is reporting 11-12 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours.

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