Snowy time in Olympics; Hurricane Ridge open, but lodge services not operating
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Snow obscures this Hurricane Ridge webcam scene of the parking lot, taken shortly after 11 a.m. today. See later images at http://www.nps.gov/olym/photosmultimedia/hurricane-ridge-webcam.htm.

Peninsula Daily News
and the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service issued this advisory for the Olympic Mountains.

The Hurricane Ridge Road recording by Olympic National Park (360-565-3131) and checked at 11 a.m. reported that the road to the popular ski and snowplay area is open this morning, but no services are available at the lodge at the top of the mile-high Hurricane Ridge.

Tire chains are required past Heart o' the Hills, and icy patches are frequent in the final 3 miles of the 17-mile road south of Port Angeles.

Here's the National Weather Service message:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
948 AM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

WAZ513-020200-
/O.EXT.KSEW.WS.W.0020.121202T0200Z-121202T2000Z/
/O.EXT.KSEW.WW.Y.0039.000000T0000Z-121202T0200Z/
OLYMPICS-
948 AM PST SAT DEC 1 2012

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR THE OLYMPICS ABOVE 3500
FEET UNTIL 6 PM PST THIS EVENING...
...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE OLYMPICS ABOVE 3500
FEET FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON PST SUNDAY...

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...HURRICANE RIDGE.

* TIMING...SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY...WITH THE
SHOWERS BECOMING HEAVY AT TIMES THIS AFTERNOON. STEADY SNOW...
LOCALLY HEAVY...WILL OCCUR TONIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF TO
SHOWERS SUNDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...10 TO 14 INCHES ARE LIKELY BY SUNDAY
MORNING.

* MAIN IMPACT...WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS CAN BE EXPECTED ON
HURRICANE RIDGE ROAD AT TIMES TODAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW IS ISSUED WHEN 6 TO 11 INCHES
IS LIKELY TO FALL IN 12 HOURS.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW IS ISSUED WHEN 12 OR MORE INCHES
IS LIKELY TO FALL IN 12 HOURS...OR 18 INCHES OR MORE IN 24 HOURS.
THE WARNING MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE WINTER
WEATHER. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL IN THE WATCH AREA...CARRY AN EXTRA
FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...WATER...AND BLANKETS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.

FOR HURRICANE RIDGE ROAD CONDITIONS...CALL 360-565-3131.

Last modified: December 01. 2012 11:10AM
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