Stormy winter weather to continue Thursday

Staff writerFebruary 20, 2014 

The parade of winter storms that have been blowing through Washington for the past 10 days will continue Thursday.

The National Weather Service forecasts more wind and rain in Western Washington with 1 to 2 feet more snow in the Cascades. The front will be followed by drier but cooler weather Friday with a chance through the weekend of showers that could fall as snow in parts of the Western Washington lowlands, forecasters said.

On Wednesday, Crystal Mountain reported 5 feet of snow over the past four days and White Pass was promoting its “bottomless powder.”

What was the status of the White Pass terrain park?

“Buried,” according to the website. The ski area accumulated 18 inches in 24 hours.

Alpental reported 34 inches of fresh snow from Monday and Tuesday.

At Mount Rainier, the snow was 163 inches deep at Paradise, forcing the national park to keep the road closed above Longmire.

While the conditions were ideal for skiing and riding, officials reminded people to be safe. The avalanche threat was “considerable” throughout the Cascades, according to the Northwest Avalanche Center.

Crystal Mountain posted a tree well warning Wednesday and encouraged skiers to stay together, within site of each other and to be careful around trees.

The deep snow creates air pockets around trees that can collapse on those who fall into them. Several skiers and snowboarders have died in tree-well accidents in recent years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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