Epic Alert: 164'' of Snow Forecasted for Mt. Rainier!

Epic Alert: 164'' of Snow Forecasted for Mt. Rainier!

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Epic Alert: 164'' of Snow Forecasted for Mt. Rainier!


Mt. Rainier | Photo by Daniel SmithMt. Rainier | Photo by Daniel Smith

As of this morning, NOAA is predicting heavy snow on Mt. Rainier from today through Monday evening. Mt. Rainier is forecasted to receive upwards of 164 inches of snowfall at higher elevations! That is over 13 feet of snow in just four days.

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“A pair of frontal systems with a significant tap of Pacific moisture will move through western Washington this weekend. They will bring heavy rain at times with the mountains receiving 4 to 8 inches of precipitation with locally higher amounts possible near Mount Rainier. Snow levels will remain high through Saturday before falling on Sunday as a cool upper level trough digs into the region. In addition to the precipitation, windy conditions at times are expected for much of the region.” – NOAA Seattle, WA

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That light pink spot on the map is Mt. Rainier. 

About Mt. Rainier

“The mountain was originally named Tahoma or “Great Snowy Peak” by the Yakima Indians. Captain George Vancouver renamed it after Admiral Peter Rainier of the British Navy during a scouting expedition on May 7, 1792. This name was hotly contested for over 100 years, because Americans felt it shouldn’t be named after a British officer who had never even been to the U.S.

The summit of this mountain is unique to mountains.  There are actually 3 separately classified summits of this peak, Columbia Crest which is the highest point at 14,411 feet, Point Success at 14,158 feet to the southwest, and Liberty Cap at 14,112 feet to the northwest all separated by a large crater.  The most standard routes actually bring you to the crater rim at 14,150 feet.  A lot of climbers consider this as the summit, or close enough, but to attain the true summit, it is an hour walk round trip a quarter mile across the crater to Columbia Crest.  Here you can find a summit log.” – Read More @ summitpost.org

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