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Snow, fallen trees keep access to Paradise closed

More than 125 inches of snow blanket the ground at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. This is a shot taken from a webcam Friday morning.
More than 125 inches of snow blanket the ground at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. This is a shot taken from a webcam Friday morning. Mount Rainier National Park

People hoping to go sledding at Mount Rainier National Park will have to wait until next week at the earliest. Unlike last year, when there was never enough snow to open the sledding runs, this year it is a case of too much snow.

Road crews at the park have been focusing their efforts on removing downed trees and clearing snow from the road between the Nisqually entrance and Longmire. The road had been closed Wednesday and Thursday because conditions were not safe. Crews were able to reopen the road to Longmire shortly before noon Friday.

Access to Paradise is another story.

Park managers announced Friday, via the park’s Twitter account, that the road to Paradise will stay closed through Monday at least.

More than 125 inches of snow covered the ground at Paradise Friday night. Before grooming the sled runs can begin, crews will have to clear the road from Longmire to Paradise, as well as the parking lot at Paradise.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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