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Avalanche Victim Still Buried Near Snoqualmie Pass

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File photo of a rescue crew after an avalanche.  (credit: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a rescue crew after an avalanche. (credit: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (AP) — Searchers are waiting for safer condition to recover the body of a man buried in an avalanche Saturday at Granite Mountain, near Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascades about 50 miles east of Seattle.

The 60-year-old Kent man and two friends were swept more than 1,200 feet down the mountain. The friends were not seriously injured. The search for the missing man had to be suspended Sunday because of the danger.

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center says the avalanche danger in the Snoqualmie Pass area Monday is “considerable” above 4,000 feet and “moderate below,” with the danger slightly decreasing Monday night.

A woman snowshoer was killed in another avalanche Saturday near Snoqualmie Pass at Red Mountain. She was with a group, but it took 45 minutes to dig her out.

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