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December 19, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Wet, warm weekend poses flood danger, confounds skiers

UPDATE, 11 a.m. |  A wet, warm weather system that could drop 3 to 5 inches of rain over the Central Cascades and up to 7 inches on Mount Rainier this weekend is raising the chance of flooding in Western Washington and a delay in the ski season.

“Mother Nature is calling the shots and Saturday is a no go,” says an advisory on the website of Crystal Mountain Resort, where officials had hoped skiing could begin this weekend.  The notice says conditions will be re-evaluated Monday.

Another high-elevation ski area, Mount Baker, posted a notice that it still may be able to open Sunday or Monday, depending on how much of the weekend’s precipitation falls as rain.  Check for updates.

Outside Wenatchee, Mission Ridge, which makes some of its snow, has two lifts working.

The longer-term forecast increases the chance of snow throughout the Cascades by the end of the weekend.

ORIGINAL POST | Are you headed east of the mountains this weekend? Be prepared for winter weather, according to information from the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Snoqualmie Pass: Overcast skies, but the  roadway is bare with wet slush in places. The westbound lanes of I-90 at milepost 52, near the Snoqualmie Pass Summit, will be closed at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for about an hour, according to the WSDOT website. Crews need to remove damaged trees from above the freeway.

Stevens Pass: It’s snowing, with compact snow and ice on the roadway. Traction tires are advised and oversize vehicles are prohibited.

Blewett Pass: Overcast skies with compact snow. Traction tires are advised and oversize vehicles are prohibited.

White Pass: Snow showers; the roadway is bare, but with wet slush in places.

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