Look for off-and-on snow showers through the weekend, and excellent skiing and riding conditions

Snow totals should carry skiers and boarders through, well into spring.

Snowflakes are once again in the weather forecast, with the likelihood of better conditions on Cascade ski slopes.

This won’t be a heavy snowfall — more like 2 to 5 inches over the course of a few days — but enough to build upon what is already a solid base at all ski resorts, enough to carry the season well into spring. For now it looks like folks can bank on late-season snow coverage that could outlast the legs of even the most hardcore skiers and snowboarders.

Expect a slightly unstable cold air mass peppered with light snow flurries through Friday, and a freezing level from the surface up to 2,000 feet.

There will be a brief break in the precipitation with sunshine on Saturday before another low pressure disturbance forms off the coast, bringing another round of light to moderate snow showers late Saturday through Monday.

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The total snowfall this season is 397 inches at Mount Baker Ski Area (record was 1,140 inches in the 1998-99 season, runner-up was 857 inches in 2010-11 and average is 659 inches); 253 inches at the Summit at Snoqualmie; 303 inches at Stevens Pass Resort; 286 inches at Crystal Mountain Resort; 303 to 337 inches at White Pass Ski Area; and 315 inches at Whistler Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia.

Look for great views at places like the Stevens Pass Resort. Photo courtesy of Chris Danforth at Stevens Pass.

The Loup Loup Ski Bowl – located between Twisp and Okanogan on Highway 20 – is open Wednesday, and Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. with a 42-inch base. The Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area in Olympic National Park is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather conditions permitting.

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