A Pacific frontal system laden with heavy rains and wet snow is battering the Cascades, creating a winter-weather advisory coupled with an avalanche warning and road closures at some passes.

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Ski and snowboard conditions in Washington’s mountains will be less than desirable for the immediate future, but hopes are high for snowfall to return this weekend.

A Pacific frontal system laden with heavy rains and wet snow is battering the Cascades, creating a winter-weather advisory coupled with an avalanche warning and road closures at some passes through early Friday.

The front is expected to briefly stall over the state with the snow level skyrocketing from 6,500 to 8,000 feet. Once it passes, colder weather will return, bringing light to moderate snow showers through Saturday, changing to partly cloudy skies heading into Monday.

“The snow coverage is very good at all the ski areas despite this current rain, and it is a great change from last year,” John Gifford, president of the Northwest Ski Areas Association, said of the 4- to 10-foot snowpack.

Gifford says the amount of snow this winter is just icing on the cake, and from a business standpoint Northwest resorts are smiling wide from what they’re witnessing on the hills.

“We’ve got a lot of people coming up to ski and snowboard not just here in Washington but Oregon as well,” Gifford said. “Ski areas are saying the number of new people participating in the sport has increased, and that is another positive sign.”

The season’s snowfall totals through Thursday: Summit at Snoqualmie, 247 inches; Mount Baker, 333; Crystal Mountain, 302; Stevens Pass, 244; and White Pass, 207-238.

Avalanche danger and work to clear Interstate 90 has led to a temporary closure Thursday on the road east of North Bend. The Summit at Snoqualmie ski area’s operation was on standby, and won’t open for Thursday night skiing. Check the Department of Transportation website before heading up.

The Mount Baker Ski Area was closed Thursday due to heavy rain and wind, with plans to reopen Friday. Strong winds at Crystal Mountain Resort Thursday also closed the upper area lifts, but the good news is Green Valley has more than 100 inches and should be in good shape once it reopens. Stevens Pass Resort was open, but Highway 2 east of the ski area was closed.

Cross-country trail snow conditions could be quite slushy, but should improve by the weekend at the Summit at Snoqualmie; White Pass; Stevens Pass; Cabin Creek Area off I-90; Leavenworth Winter Sports Club; Methow Trails; and Lake Wenatchee State Park.

At Mount Rainier National Park the gate to Paradise was closed at Longmire due to avalanche hazards. The snow-play sliding hill at Paradise is open depending on weather conditions. Ranger-guided 1.8-mile snowshoe walks are available Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through March 27 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. outside of the Jackson Visitor Center. Be sure to check the website for road conditions and restrictions before heading up. Through Thursday, Paradise was covered with 115 inches of snow. For updates, go to http://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm.

Snow totals in Oregon: Mount Bachelor (110-130 inch base), Timberline (111), Hoodoo (64), Mount Hood Meadows (106-174), Willamette Pass (72-118), Mount Ashland (83-116) and Mount Hood Ski Bowl (54-59). Anthony Lakes (52) and Cooper Spur (35) reopen this weekend.

In Idaho, areas open daily include Sun Valley (68-91), Brundage (68-90), Tamarack (58-76), Schweitzer (59-87), Lookout Pass (62-95), Soldier Mountain (58-70), Bogus Basin (55-69) and Silver Mountain (61).

In Montana, Whitefish Mountain Resort is open daily, and has 82-inch base, and 183 inches so far this season. A total of 105 trails and 10 lifts were operating, with lots of untracked powder.

British Columbia snow totals: Whistler-Blackcomb (81), Cypress (131), Mount Washington (81-111), Whitewater (87-88), Manning Park (60-72), Big White (92), Revelstoke (28-71), Fernie (44-89), Mount Seymour (60-118), Red Mountain (83), Grouse Mountain (69-122), Kicking Horse (30-52), Apex (71), Silver Star (54-70), Sun Peaks (57-63), Panorama (27-43) and Kimberley (50).

Latest snow and lift reports:

Which ski areas are open and closed:




Summit West, Snoqualmie Open: Fri: 4-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon-Tue; Wed-Jan. 29: 4-10pm 95 inches

Summit Central, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sat and Mon-Jan. 29: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm 95 inches

Summit East, Snoqualmie Open: Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Tue-Jan. 29 95 inches

Nordic Center, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sun: 9am-3:30pm; closed Mon-Jan. 28. Tubing center open Fri-Sat: 9am-9pm; Sun: 9am-5:45pm; closed Mon-Jan. 28 95 inches

Alpental, Snoqualmie Open: Fri-Sat and Tue-Jan. 29: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-5pm; closed Mon 104-137 inches

Mount Baker Ski Area Open daily: 9am-3:30pm; closed Thu 121-164 inches

Crystal Mountain Open daily: 9am-4pm; upper lifts closed Thu 75-101 inches

Stevens Pass Open: Fri-Sat and Jan. 27-29: 9am-10pm; Sun: 9am-6pm; Mon-Tue: 9am-4pm 73-95 inches

White Pass Open daily: 8:45am-4pm; night skiing Sat until 9pm.; nordic center is also open 70-94 inches

Mission Ridge Ski & Board Open: Fri-Mon and Jan. 29-29: 9am-4pm; closed Tue-Wed; night skiing Sat until 8pm 59-65 inches

49° North Mountain Open: Fri-Tue: 9am-3:30pm; closed Wed-Thu 76-121 inches

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Open: Wed-Sat: 9am-9:30pm; Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 65-82 inches

Ski Bluewood Open: Wed-Sun: 9am-4pm; closed Mon-Tue 76-85 inches

Whistler-Blackcomb Open daily: 8:30am-3pm 81 inches

Mt. Bachelor Open daily: 9am-4pm 110-130 inches

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Open: Icicle River, Golf Course and Ski Hill nordic trails open; Ski Hill/Tubing area Wed and Fri: 3-8 pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5pm 48 inches

Methow Trails Open daily: 20 trails groomed Jan. 20-21 at Mazama; 17 at Rendezvous; 21 at Sun Mountain; and 11 at Winthrop 36 inches