Snowstorms threaten to derail avalanche safety plans in WA
Snowstorms are set to dump heavy snow in the central Rockies and the Sierra Nevada mountains, threatening avalanche safety for hundreds of thousands of people in the region.
The storms, which began Thursday evening, will likely dump between one to two inches of snow on the slopes of the Sierra Nevadas and the Bitterroot Mountains in the early afternoon, the National Weather Service said in a statement Thursday.
The National Weather Services says there will be no avalanche alerts for the Cascade Mountains or the Sierra.
The forecast calls for snowfall totals of 1 to 2 inches, and wind gusts up to 25 mph.
The weather service said the storms could produce downed trees, downed power lines, power outages, and power outage alerts.
Some ski resorts are bracing for heavy snowfall on the Bierstadt ski area, where the snow has already fallen.
The Bierstad Mountain Resort is preparing for a few inches of avalanche, according to a statement from the resort.
If that happens, the resort will evacuate all ski and snowboarders and allow the avalanche control team to clear the snow from the mountain, the statement said.
The resort also urged all skiers to avoid the area because of avalanche danger.
More: Snowfall totals expected as storm passes through Cascade mountains.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.