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March 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM

In the Cascades: Snow and more snow

Snow: It just keeps coming down in the Cascade Mountains.

The folks at the Crystal Mountain ski area say 12 feet of snow has fallen there so far in March – more than any other month this season, and more than fell in November and December combined.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued the latest winter storm warning for the west slopes of the Cascades, with another one to two feet of snow expected in the passes by 6 p.m. today.

At midday, it was snowing in the major mountain passes.  Traction tires were required on Stevens Pass and recommended on Snoqualmie Pass. Check for updates from the state Transportation Department.  Snowfall is expected to continue, but taper off, through the weekend.

At Mount Baker Ski Area, more than 14 feet of March snow had fallen by last weekend, and snow continued this week.  As of 10 a.m. today,  more than 17 inches of snow had fallen in the previous 24 hours.

The snowfall at Crystal has now passed the 500-inch mark for the season, and is continuing to climb. Strong winds were reported at the summit this morning.

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