Mountains see heavy snow over 9-day period

Mountains see heavy snow over 9-day period

Mountains see heavy snow over 9-day period

by ELIZABETH WILEY / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 4:05 PM

At the end of January, KING 5 Meteorologist Jeff Renner reported that snowpacks were below average throughout Western Washington.

However, heavy snowfall over the past nine days has brought a huge change to the mountains.

As an example, Snoqualmie Pass has almost double the snow it did a week ago. On Feb. 14th, it had 55 inches of snow and by Feb. 20th that total had risen to 98 inches.

The largest snowfall over a 24-hour period in the past nine days came at Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain on Feb. 16th. Both locations recorded 20 inches of snowfall.

Here's a look at the snowfall at Stevens Pass, the Summit at Snoqualmie, Crystal Mountain and White Pass from Feb. 12 to Feb. 20.

For those of you who live near Mount Baker, don't feel neglected that we didn't include the totals for your mountain. It's always way ahead of the other. It's excellence in snowpack is well known.

The heavy snowfall caused problems for travelers and road crews all week. Snoqualmie and Stevens Passes were closed off and on due to poor driving conditions and to allow for avalanche control.

While the recorded snowpack was below average throughout the Cascades in January, it was not the worst winter on record. At the end of January in 1981, Snoqualmie Pass had no snow on the ground.

More snow is expected to fall over the weekend.

Here are the totals for snowfall at five locations in the Cascades.

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