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Mount Rainier snowplay area will not open today, likely this weekend

UPDATE (11 a.m., 12/22): Mount Rainier National Park is reporting that the gate to Paradise at Longmire is open and the snowplay area is open. Tire chains or 4WD/AWD required.

The snowplay area at Paradise will not open today as scheduled.

Following a series of storms in the last week, Mount Rainier National Park road crews have been working this week to remove fallen trees and clear snow from park roads and parking lots. They are today beginning to groom the runs at Paradise.

More than 50 inches of snow has fallen at Paradise in the last week, leaving

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

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

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Snowbanks cause for concern at Mount Rainier National Park

High snowbanks along the roads in the Paradise area are causing concern among officials at Mount Rainier National Park.

The high snowbanks, created by the park’s road plowing operations, coupled with unseasonably high snowdepths, present a falling hazard above plowed roads and parking lots.

The parks is telling skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers to use extreme caution when playing in the Paradise area.

“Make sure you have scoped out your intended route before engaging in snowsports around the Paradise area. Parents should ensure children are kept away from all snowbanks above roads,” said a park news release.

There are currently

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