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April 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

3 reported missing in 2 avalanches near Snoqualmie Pass

A man with King County Search and Rescue runs toward the scene of an avalanche off Exit 47 along I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

The Associated Press

Authorities in Washington state say three people are missing after two avalanches in the mountains near Snoqualmie Pass.

KOMO-TV reports one avalanche occurred Saturday afternoon on Granite Mountain, off Exit 47 from Interstate 90. The King County Sheriff’s office says two skiers were injured and one is missing.

Two people also are missing from the second avalanche, on Red Mountain, near the Alpental Ski Area off I-90. Authorities believe both were snowshoeing in the area.

Both avalanches occurred as heavy snow was falling in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle.

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