Warm weather could trigger avalanches

After months of unseasonably cool weather, get ready for a weather shock.

Temperatures will begin to climb today, with highs predicted to hit the 70s to low 80s. But even hotter temperatures, possibly record-setting, are expected Friday and Saturday, according to a National Weather Service statement issued Wednesday evening.

In the Everett area, highs are expected in the 80s on Friday. Some spots in the Puget Sound region could see highs reach into the lower 90s.

The weather service also issued avalanche warnings for the Olympics and the west slopes of the North Cascades beginning today and continuing through Saturday. Some slides could involve the entire winter’s snow pack, the statement said. Wet snow avalanches may travel very fast and run long distances, possibly to lower elevations, it added.

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