NOAA: “Avalanche Warning” for Washington’s Cascades & Mount Hood, OR

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NOAA just issued an “Avalanche Warning” for the west slope of Washington’s Cascade mountains from Mt. Rainier south as well as the Mt. Hood, OR area.  This warning is for tonight and tomorrow morning.

The Pacific Northwest from Space.
The Pacific Northwest from Space.

NOAA’s AVALANCHE WARNING:

 ...AVALANCHE WARNING FOR THE WEST SLOPES OF THE WASHINGTON CASCADES
MT RAINIER SOUTH AND THE MT HOOD AREA WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY
MORNING...

FURTHER HEAVY SNOW AND THEN POTENTIAL RAIN SHOULD BE SEEN IN THE MT
RAINIER TO MT HOOD AREA WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING. THIS
IS VERY LIKELY TO CAUSE WET LOOSE...STORM SLAB AND WIND SLAB
AVALANCHE CONDITIONS IN THIS AREA. AN AVALANCHE WARNING IS ISSUED
FOR THE MT RAINIER TO MT HOOD AREA FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY
MORNING. BACK COUNTRY TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS THIS AREA IS
NOT RECOMMENDED WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING.

SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND AVALANCHE CONDITIONS ARE ALSO EXPECTED IN OTHER
AREAS BUT THAT ARE SLIGHTLY LESS THAN WARNING CRITERIA. AVALANCHES
ARE ALSO LIKELY IN THESE OTHER AREAS AS WELL.

THIS STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED AS WARRANTED. FOR HOURLY MOUNTAIN
WEATHER DATA AND COMPLETE FORECAST DETAILS PLEASE VISIT WWW.NWAC.US

BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT ELEVATION AND GEOGRAPHIC
DISTINCTIONS ARE APPROXIMATE AND THAT A TRANSITION ZONE BETWEEN
DANGERS EXISTS. THERE ARE ALSO AVALANCHE SAFE AREAS IN THE MOUNTAINS
DURING ALL LEVELS OF AVALANCHE DANGER.

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