Westside Snow Report 12-24-16

By Greg Whittaker
Mountain to Sound Outfitters

The winter solstice brought yet another round of storms to the Pacific Northwest with more layers of snow to play in for the tribe of snow people. Both storms came in warm with freezing rain at 3000 to 4000 feet, then quickly cooled, creating thin crust layers that were gradually lessened by the inches of cooler snow that fell on top of them.

Heavy wind loading also occurred, which is the result of heavy winds blowing drifting snow into the lee of ridges. If you take the time to think about the aspect (slope facing direction) and the wind direction, areas of deep snow can be found when only one or two inches of snow have fallen.

All in all, the ski industry is finally healthy in the NW. We are thankful that ocean temperatures have returned to normal in the North Pacific and the engine which provides our pacific maritime climate is again providing us with a more normal winter in Washington. With all this snow, and people stoked again, you will see a limited supply of ski and snowboard gear in the region.

For instance, we have very few and limited sizes in season rentals.

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Sports Roundup 1-2-17

Friday, Dec. 30
Boys basketball
Chief Sealth 68, Camas 47
The Seahawks soared to a non-league victory over the Papermakers on Friday.
Auburn Mountainview 57, Mt. Rainier 54
Mount Rainier was edged by Auburn Mountainview in Friday non-league action.
Franklin 91, Evergreen 45
The Wolverines took a non-league loss to the Quakers on Friday.

Girls basketball
Foster 42, Tyee 35
Foster trimmed the Totems in Friday non-league action.
Auburn Mountainview 56, Mt. Rainier 49
The Rams fell to Auburn Mountainview in a non-league game Friday.
Sammamish 68, Highline 14
The Pirates were sunk by Sammamish on Friday in a non-league contest.

Thursday, Dec. 29
Boys basketball
Mt. Rainier 71, Lynnwood 64
The Rams scored a non-league victory Thursday.

Girls basketball
Lynnwood 61, Mt. Rainier 27
Mount Rainier lost to Lynnwood in a non-league clash Thursday.

Wednesday, Dec. 28
Boys basketball

Evergreen 58, Hazen 47
Evergreen towered above the Highlanders in Wednesday's non-league action.

Tuesday, Dec. 27
Boys basketball

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Sportswatch: For the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3

By Tim Clinton
SPORTS EDITOR

High schools
Boys basketball
West Seattle is playing at a tournament in Mountlake Terrace this Wednesday and Thursday, while Chief Sealth is in San Diego, Calif. for the Surf 'N Slam Tournament.
West Seattle then visits Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as Chief Sealth goes to Eastside Catholic.
Kennedy Catholic, meanwhile, has the last day of its Sterling Shootout Tournament that also involves Seattle Christian on Wednesday.
Mount Rainier visits Lynnwood at 7:15 p.m. Thursday and hosts Auburn Mountainview at the same time Friday.
The Rams host Tahoma at the same time Tuesday as Kennedy visits Kentlake.
Foster visits Thomas Jefferson at 7:15 p.m. Thursday and Tyee at 5 p.m. Friday. Tyee goes to TJ at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and Highline to Seattle Christian at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as Seattle Lutheran visits Mount Rainier Lutheran.

Girls basketball
Mount Rainier visits Lynnwood at 5:40 p.m. Thursday before dropping in on Auburn Mountainview at 7:15 p.m. Friday and visiting Tahoma at the same time Tuesday, when Kennedy hosts Kentlake.

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