The first skiers of the season begin carving the slopes of Crystal Mountain on Friday.
The snow will only get deeper this weekend. Some mountain passes already are closed.
Heavy rain in the lowlands and snow in the mountains is forecast for the region. It’s part of a series of storms affecting most of the West Coast off and on through the weekend.
Winter storm warnings and advisories are in effect across northern Washington to northwestern Montana and from Western Washington to Northern California.
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Freezing level will range from 3,000 in the central Cascades to 4,500 in the southern Cascades.
Crystal Mountain: Friday was opening day with the Mount Rainier Gondola, Green Valley Express and Discovery Chair opening at 9 a.m. A base of 10 to 28 inches was reported.
White Pass: Closed. The resort reported a base of 16 to 45 inches.
“We need a bit more (snow), but we are getting closer,” according to its website.
The Summit at Snoqualmie: Closed. The resort reported a base of 7 to 20 inches and didn’t expect to open this weekend.
“Mother Nature needs to deliver the goods, or get us really close to our minimum snow depth with a positive outlook in order for us to make the announcement,” the resort said on its website.
Blewett (U.S. 97): Closed.
Cayuse (state Route 123): Temporarily closed; crews will evaluate next week.
Chinook (state Route 410): Temporarily closed; crews will evaluate conditions next week to determine whether the pass will reopen this season.
North Cascades (state Route 20): Closed for the season.
Snoqualmie (Interstate 90): Open; No restrictions.
Stevens (U.S. 2): Open but traction tires advised; oversize vehicles prohibited.
White (U.S. 12): Open but traction tires advised; oversize vehicles prohibited.