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PostMon Feb 22, 2021 1:29 pm 
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Paradise topped 200" today, and Baker is not that far behind - perhaps tomorrow. Stevens - where it is raining - has a lot of snow at 4700'. Washington Pass, Snoqualmie, and White Pass also have  a lot of snow. Considering it is still mid-February with peak depths typically April 1st to 15th, pretty impressive. I wonder how much snow there is at 6500-7000'.

Mission had six hours with wind gusts over 100 today, topping at 118; White Pass had over 100 mph gusts for 4 straight hours earlier.
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PostMon Feb 22, 2021 1:38 pm 
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Harts Pass - 6500’ - has 118” of snow, with 45.5” of water(!). That’s 135% of normal....

https://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/snow/snowplot.cgi?HRPW1
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PostMon Feb 22, 2021 3:20 pm 
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Due to rain, winds, and temps >40 overnight, I lost 2.5 feet of snowpack in the last 24 hours.  I am at 3000 ft, milepost 10 up the Icicle
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PostTue Feb 23, 2021 5:47 am 
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Where did it go to down the Icicle?
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PostTue Feb 23, 2021 6:59 am 
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Once the water hits Icicle Creek it runs into the Wenatchee river, then into the Columbia river, then into the Pacific Ocean.
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PostTue Feb 23, 2021 7:13 am 
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Downhill wrote:
Due to rain, winds, and temps >40 overnight, I lost 2.5 feet of snowpack in the last 24 hours.  I am at 3000 ft, milepost 10 up the Icicle

That is not surprising as the low elevation east side snowpacks were low density, rotten snow.
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PostTue Feb 23, 2021 7:36 am 
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https://komonews.com/news/local/please-dont-come-relentless-snow-hammers-mountain-passes-raises-avalanche-risks
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PostTue Feb 23, 2021 8:02 am 
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The good thing, IMO, is that we're getting the snow mid-winter instead of late March/April like some of the recent years. The temp changes are also more what I think of as 'normal' and help consolidate the base into something more stable and lasting for spring skiing and summer mountaineering and reduced fire hazard in August.

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PostTue Feb 23, 2021 9:34 am 
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Had the pleasure of driving from Nason Creek to Bellingham via Snoqualmie Pass yesterday.  Haven't driven through rain like that in a long, long time.   Lots of snow above 3500'-400' obviously but what a dismal winter for low elevation snowpack much less for maintaining sanity here in town.   Anyone else sick of rain yet?
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PostTue Feb 23, 2021 9:49 am 
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Wait until we get the week long tease of sun then another 3 weeks of rain like usual.
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PostTue Feb 23, 2021 11:46 am 
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I'm ready for it Timber   cool.gif
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PostTue Feb 23, 2021 6:19 pm 
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YESSS!  Spring and summer skiing looks freakin great. Today at Crystal it was total hero packed powder.
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