Redmond, WA – “The mountains are a place where you can value and appreciate their power.”
Chris Martin has lived in Roslyn for nearly 15 years. He watches out for avalanches in the vicinity of the Cascade Mountain Range each winter.
“Snow avalanches are a possibility any time you’re in an area with snow above you,” Martin said.
Many are forced to shelter from the Northwest’s harsh weather
The threat of avalanche near the Cascade Mountain Range runs from the North Cascade National Park to the Oregon border. Katie Warren, Northwest Avalanche Center Specialist, predicts avalanche risk one to two days in advance.
“The next storm that rolls through the Pacific Northwest, we’ll probably see a new and different type of avalanche cycle,” Warren said.
Warren believes that this winter’s heavy snowfall has caused more avalanches. They are also more unpredictable.
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“We saw avalanches in new paths, both on White Pass and Blewett Pass,” Warren said. “Areas that don’t typically close due to avalanche hazard.”
Each winter, 27 people are killed by avalanches in the United States. Washington is at the top of the list for states with the highest number of deaths over the past decade.
One skier is killed in an avalanche at Crystal Mountain Resort, Washington. Five others are rescued.
Martin is part of the county’s search-and rescue team. Martin has completed safety training and mountain avalanche courses and believes that everyone living near the mountains should take the same steps.
“We like to be prepared and thinking about what’s above them all the time,” Martin said.
Source: Fox News