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Category: Mount Rainier


Boy who drowned in White River identified as Saudi Arabia resident

The boy who drowned Saturday in a stretch of the White River that runs through Mount Rainier National Park was Ahmad Asiri, the Pierce County Medical Examiner reported.

Ahmad, 8, was playing on a log when he fell into the river near the White River campground on the northeast side of the park, spokeswoman Patti Wold said. The boy’s older brother jumped in to try to save him but was unsuccessful, Wold said.

Rangers found the Ahmad’s body some time later, performed CPR and called in a helicopter to take him to the hospital, but he died.

The boy is

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Up to 2 feet of snow expected to fall in mountains by Thursday

The same storm that’s set to bring heavy winds to Western Washington this week will also dump up to two feet of snow in the mountains, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning and avalanche watch from tonight until early Thursday morning.

Paradise, Snoqualmie Pass, White Pass, Stevens Pass and Mount Baker are expected to receive the most powder. The snow level is expected to fall to 1,500 feet late Wednesday and possibly rise above 4,000 feet briefly tonight and Wednesday morning.

Forecasters issued the avalanche watch due to fluctuating snow levels.

Today at Paradise,

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Rain to linger all week, could cause mid-week flooding

Get ready for the rain.

Forecasters said it could last through the week and possibly cause flooding, especially at higher elevations.

A warm front will stall over Western Washington tonight and remain until Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow levels will rise to nearly 6,000 feet on Tuesday and Wednesday. That’s also when the heaviest rain will fall, with 2 to 4 inches of precipitation expected in the mountains.

“This combined with the high snow levels could result in some flooding on the more flood prone rivers by late Tuesday night into Wednesday,” the Weather Service warned.


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Two feet of snow forecast for mountains; winter storm advisory issued

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for several mountain areas, including Paradise and Snoqualmie Pass, with up to two feet of snow expected to fall through Friday.

The advisory is in effect until 4 a.m. Friday. Other affected areas include Mount Baker, Stevens Pass and White Pass.

The snow level is around 2,000 feet today and will rise to 3,000 feet Friday before falling to 1,500 feet Friday night, the Weather Service reported.

Today’s high in Paradise is 25 with winds 17 to 22 miles per hour. Up to eight inches of powder is expected to

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Winds to pick up this week, mountains to see more snow

Forecasters say strong winds are expected through the end of the week, with about a foot of snow dropping in the Central Cascades by Saturday as a frontal system moves through.

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement.

In Tacoma, temperatures will hover in the mid 40s. Winds today are expected to reach 13 miles per hour and slowly pick up to 22 mph by Friday, with gusts reaching 33 mph, according to the Weather Service.

Showers are possible today and rain is heavy in the forecast Thursday and Friday.

In the Paradise area in Mount Rainier

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UPDATED: Two stranded snowboarders located on Mount Rainier

UPDATE as of 4 p.m.: The men were reunited with their families about 3:30 p.m., and are having a “hearty meal” at the National Park Inn, park spokesman Kevin Bacher said.

UPDATE as of 12:33 p.m.: The men were found in the Upper Stevens Creek drainage about 11 a.m. Rescuers were warming them up with hot liquids while assessing the best way to get them off the mountain, park officials said.

“We are relieved to have found Derek and Thomas,” incident commander Stefan Lofgren said. “The health and safety of not only our lost subjects but all of our searchers has

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UPDATED: Two snowboarders stuck in storm on Mount Rainier

UPDATE3: The search was called off at 7 p.m. due to nightfall and the poor weather. Efforts will resume at first light, park spokesman Kevin Bacher said.

UPDATE2: Rescue teams believe they’ve found the two snowboarders who spent the night on Mount Rainier. Crews got to within a half mile of two men on Paradise Glacier this afternoon and were attempting to reach them about 3:45 p.m., park spokesman Kevin Bacher said.

UPDATE: Snowboarders Derek Tyndall and Thomas Dale called 911 about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to say they were lost in blizzard-like conditions on Mount Rainier.

The pair apparently dug

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New storm could bring another inch of rain, possible flooding

Heavy rains are expected to keep pelting the region this week, bringing an inch or so in the next two days and possibly flooding a section of the Puyallup River.

“The faucet’s been turned back on,” National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said.

Showers will continue through most of today, accompanied by 10 to 15 mile per hour winds. The high is 60.

A new system is supposed to hit Tuesday and last through Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters said Tacoma could see an inch of precipitation. Mountain areas – like Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park – could receive 2 to

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