Heavy Snow in the Mountains, Rain in the Local Forecast This Weekend

The Cascade Mountains were hit with a burst of snowfall on Thursday, to the delight of local skiers and snowboarders. This weekend’s local forecast is filled with rain.

For local snowboarders and skiers, it’s that time of year.

Heavy snow hit the Cascade Mountains on Thursday—throughout the day, Snoqualmie Pass got 14 inches of snow and Paradise at Mt. Rainier got 18 inches; Stevens Pass and Mount Baker were hit with 21 inches, according to KOMO News.

A mixture of snow and rain is expected throughout the weekend. Read more on WSDOT.

PASS REPORTS                            

Snoqualmie Pass                                        

As of Friday evening, chains are required on all vehicles except all-wheel drive and oversized vehicles prohibited on the Snoqualmie Pass Summit. There is also compact snow on the roadway.

It’s snowing in Snoqualmie, making poor visibility with blowing winds.

Crystal to Greenwater (SR 410)

Snow and ice on the roadway, with increasing snow showers. Traction tires are advised, oversized vehicles are prohibited in both the east- and west-bound lanes.

White Pass                              

The roads are bare and wet with snow and ice in places, with continual snow showers. Traction tires are advised and oversized vehicles prohibited in both east- and west-bound lanes.

Stevens Pass

Compact snow and ice on the roadway, with overcast skies. Traction tires are advised and oversized vehicles prohibited.

What Ski Resorts Are Open?                                                                       

The White Pass Ski Resort opened today. Crystal Mountain, Stevens and Mt. Baker are open but waiting for fresh snow. Summit West at Snoqualmie is expected to open this weekend.


Local Forecast for Puyallup, from the Northwest Weather Service:

  • Friday night: Showers likely, mainly before 5am. Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 40. West southwest wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Saturday A 50 percent chance of showers before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Southeast wind around 6 mph.
  • Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. East wind 3 to 5 mph.
  • Sunday A 40 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44. Light east southeast wind.
  • Sunday Night A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.


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