DATE: 2/7/08


Like the rest of the Cascades, Mount Rainier National Park has been buried by snow in recent weeks. Paradise, at 5,400 feet, has received at least a foot of snow every day since January 28 except for one. More than 156 inches –13 feet — of snow has fallen in the past 11 days!

We’re closing the road from Longmire to Paradise to protect park visitors, said park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga. Continuous winter storms have increased the avalanche hazards and made it very difficult to keep the road open.

Heavy mountain snow and windy conditions are expected to extend through Friday and into the weekend.

We have the plows and drivers necessary to clear the snow, and we will reopen the road as soon as conditions improve, said Uberuaga.

With 189 inches of snow already on the ground at Paradise, one thing is for certain. Once the weather finally clears, snow play conditions at Paradise will be truly heavenly!

To check road and weather information at Mount Rainier National Park call 360-569-2211 and then select 1.

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