Warm spring helps highway crews clear snow to famed viewpoint.

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The Mount Baker Highway, state Highway 542, has reopened to Artist Point for the season, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest announced Friday.

This marks the second straight year that crews opened the road to the popular viewpoint before July. The warm spring helped Washington Department of Transportation crews clear snow that typically ranges in depth from 15 to 20 feet. Artist Point is located at the very end of the highway, beyond the Mount Baker Ski Area, and offers 360-degree views of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker, as well as access to a variety of trails.

Despite the road’s opening, drivers who visit Artist Point during the next couple of weeks should be prepared for possible winter driving conditions, the Forest Service warned.  Call the Glacier Public Service Center at 360-599-2714 for more information.