On the West Coast, Avalanche Warnings and an ‘Atmospheric River’


An avalanche warning has been issued for parts of Washington and Oregon as heavier-than-usual rainfall and snowfall is expected to hit part of the West Coast through Monday.

The warning was issued on Saturday by the Northwest Avalanche Center, which said at least 30 people in the United States had been killed in avalanches so far this season. That’s the highest number of fatalities since the 2015-16 season, according to the center.

The warning, a Level 4 on a scale of 5, said there was a high avalanche danger for parts of North Cascades National Park by the Canadian border, extending south through Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and into parts of Gifford Pinchot National Forest, which is about 140 miles southeast of Seattle.

The warning is in effect until Sunday evening and also covers part of Mount Hood National Forest, which is about 70 miles east of Portland, Ore.

The next day, two backcountry skiers in Colorado were killed in avalanches. The most recent death was near Sherman Peak in Idaho, when a snowmobiler was killed on Saturday.


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