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The forecast called for 3 to 6 inches of snow Thursday over the northern Cascades, but the temperature rose to 37 and what came down was rain. However, WSDOT officials said up to a foot of new snow was expected by Friday morning.
The progress this week, they said, was impressive. The Westside crew is three miles from Rainy Pass and the Eastside crew is a half mile from Washington Pass.
On the East side, by the end of the day on Thursday, the clearing was two lanes wide (mostly) through Liberty Bell #1 which was covered with 30 feet of snow when they started on it Wednesday. Officials say next up is LB2, which has 35 feet.
On the West side, crews made it to mile post 154 Wednesday. Snow there is 5 feet deep. They spent Thursday day widening out from MP 153 to 154 which takes more time since that's the Swamp Creek chain up area, so it's another lane wider!
Officials are warning, with new snow likely Thursday night and a little more likely to fall on Friday, followed by nicer weather Saturday and Easter - the avalanche danger could ramp up, so caution is advised.