Cascades Pounded By Snow, Forecasters Shocked

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(Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)

(Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)

SEATTLE (AP) — Heavy snow in the Cascades is common this time of year, but forecasters were surprised by sudden bursts of snow Thursday.

Andy Haner (HAY’-ner) in the Seattle Weather Service office says 6 inches of snow fell in a two-hour period at Snoqualmie Pass and 8 inches fell in a three-hour period at Stevens Pass.

Twenty-four hour totals ending at 5 a.m. Friday were 14 at Snoqualmie Pass, 21 inches at Stevens Pass and Mount Baker, and 18 at Paradise on Mount Rainier.

Haner says total snowfall so far this year at Mount Baker is 102 inches.

Snow also is falling Friday in the eastern third of the state, including Spokane.

Haner says the snow should taper off for a drier weekend.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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