Rainier's road to Paradise closure reaches one week; avalanche warning issued

Tacoma News TribuneFebruary 21, 2014 

An avalanche posted on the Northwest Avalanche Center Website shows "high" (orange) and "considerable" (red) avalanche risk throughout the Cascades and Olympics.


The road to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park hasn’t been open since Valentine’s Day, and that streak won’t end today.

With snow continuing to dump in the mountains, 175 inches at Paradise according to the Northwest Avalanche Center, the road is closed.

An avalanche warning remains in effect in the mountains. The Northwest Avalanche Center rates the risk as “considerable” in the Olympics and the west slopes of the Cascades. The risk is considered “high” - the second highest level and one level higher than "considerable" - on the eastern slopes.

Local ski areas continue to enjoy a daily dose of fresh powder. Crystal Mountain and Alpental at the Summit at Snoqualmie report receiving seven and three inches respectively over the last 24 hours. White Pass reports 12 inches in 24 hours.

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