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Avalanche warning for Mount Rainier, Cascades

This January 2012 photo shows Mount Rainier taking on a rosy glow near sunset as viewed from Eatonville, Wash. (Associated Press)
This January 2012 photo shows Mount Rainier taking on a rosy glow near sunset as viewed from Eatonville, Wash. (Associated Press)

WINTERSPORTS -- It's spring, but wintery conditions still have a hold on the Cascades.

The National Weather Service is warning of avalanches on the west slopes of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon Thursday morning because of heavy snow and rain in the mountains.  
 
Forecasters say wet, loose slabs of snow could avalanche in the area that includes Mount Hood and Mount Rainier. Hikers and climbers are advised to stay out of the back country.  
 
More mountain snow is falling as the latest storm moves into the Northwest.  
 
Seattle is close to breaking a rainfall record this spring.  



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