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No surprise, road to Paradise is likely to be closed all day

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Dec. 17, 2012 at 9:09 am with No Comments »
December 17, 2012 9:09 am
More than 30 inches of snow in the last 24 hours has buried the entrance to the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center, as seen in this webcam image taken at 9:05 a.m. today. (National Park Service)

Anyone who has been watching the weather reports, or got the blizzard alerts Sunday, will not be surprised that the road from Longmire to Paradise is not expected to open today.

Mount Rainier National Park officials made that announcement earlier this morning.

Some of the reasons: winds whipping to 100 mph at Camp Muir and 44 mph at Paradise, on top of the 33 inches of new snow at Paradise.

According to weather data from Paradise, there is now 110 inches of snow on the ground. That should be good news for Saturday’s opening of the snowplay area, assuming crews can get the equipment to Paradise to groom the runs.

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