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Sun for Sunday

Hello skiers,

Expect sunshine on Sunday with no new snowfall. A ridge of high pressure is building into the Northwest which will produce the dry Sunday weather. It looks like a fine day skiing. White, Baker, Mission and Crystal will be open.

The Summit and Stevens remain closed as do US 2 and I-90. Recent snowfall is unstable and must be managed at Stevens and the Summit with WSDOT blasting the snow (avalanche mitigation). Then the snow needs to be removed. Plus, the ski areas need to be cleared and ready.
Thanks for all the hard work the last two weeks ski area employees, state patrol and WSDOT. Check ski areas and WSDOT websites for up-to-date information on closures.

Be careful on the drive up on Sunday -- there may be areas of freezing fog (ice) on the road, especially overpasses, ramps, shady spots and road areas near lakes or wetlands.

After the sunshine on Sunday a weak system will brush Washington on Monday with more clouds and a chance of snow. Snow level will be 2,500 ft with little new snowfall, but Baker may get some (1-3).

Tuesday and Wednesday will see a mild southwesterly flow of air. That airflow will cause snow levels rise to the mid and some upper slopes. There will be cloudy skies with a rain snow mix, but not a car wash. In fact, it appears the bulk of the snow/ rain mix will go north into BC. That said, the warmth will create grabby snow. Thursday will see partial clearing, but with a chance of a snow/rain mix. Friday might see sun return, but the models have been showing mixed signals it might stay cloudy. The upcoming weekend leans toward a mix of sun and clouds right now but with uncertainty as to details considering its beyond the normal forecast accuracy range.

The break in the snowfall should allow Stevens and the Summit to reset early this week, so watch them to open up.

Larry Schick
meteorologist
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