Well, we're getting the snow and it looks like we are going to get a whole lot more over Tuesday and Wednesday. So far the passes have remained open but with the amount of snow they are forecasting with the Winter Weather Warning & Watch . . . followed by heavy rain and/or warming conditions by Thursday, there is a chance avalanche conditions in the area could materialize. If so, we may have to shut down access to Scenic Hot Springs for a few days as a precautionary measure. any announcement will be made here (and directly to those who have reservations via email or phone.) One thing about all this cold, wintery weather . . . the hot springs should come right back up to toasty conditions. The full alert is here.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
235 PM PST MON JAN 16 2012
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM PST
...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING...
* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...MOUNT BAKER...CONCRETE...
DARRINGTON... INDEX...STEVENS PASS...PARADISE...AND MORTON.
* TIMING...TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...ONE TO TWO FEET OF NEW SNOW BY LATE TUESDAY. ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF A COUPLE OF FEET ARE POSSIBLE ON WEDNESDAY.
* IMPACT...EXTREME WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO COMPACT SNOW AND ICE.
UPDATE: On Friday, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory effective 10 Friday night through 10pm Saturday for the Western Slopes of the Cascades:
...HEAVY SNOW IS POSSIBLE ON THE WESTERN SLOPES OF THE OLYMPICS AND CENTRAL AND NORTHERN WASHINGTON CASCADES TONIGHT AND SATURDAY... .A VIGOROUS FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL PUSH THROUGH WESTERN WASHINGTON EARLY SATURDAY...BRINGING SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL TO THE OLYMPICS AND CASCADES. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 PM PST SATURDAY... * SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL OCCUR ABOVE 3500 FEET. THE MOUNTAIN PASSES AND MOUNT RAINIER PARK WILL SEE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL. * TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN TONIGHT AND CONTINUE SATURDAY MORNING...TAPERING OFF SATURDAY EVENING. * ACCUMULATIONS...ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 11 INCHES ARE EXPECTED.
According to the latest National Weather Service Special Weather Statement dated Wednesday:
A COLD FRONT WILL BRING COLDER TEMPERATURES AND A CHANCE OF LOWLAND SNOW THIS WEEKEND... ...A SERIES OF ACTIVE STORM SYSTEMS NEXT WEEK WILL BRING PERIODS OF WINTER WEATHER TO WESTERN WASHINGTON...Significant new snow accumulations and winter weather is expected to impact the Stevens Pass area (and Scenic Hot Springs) starting late Saturday night and well into the following week. Snow levels will drop as low as 500 feet Saturday night and fluctuate down to sea level by Sunday onward until this series of cold fronts moves out of the area later in the week.
The Special Weather Statement can be read here: http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=WAZ519&warncounty=WAC033&firewxzone=WAZ658&local_place1=3+Miles+SW+Stevens+Pass+WA&product1=Special+Weather+Statement
Please take these predicted conditions into account.