Officials discourage visits to Mount Rainier this weekend due to heavy rain, snow

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — Officials with Mount Rainier National Park are discouraging travel in the park this weekend due to expected rain and snow.

Superintendent Randy King said in a news release that park officials have begun preparations for a "significant weather event" bringing up to 15 inches of rain with snow at higher elevations.

He says visitor access to certain areas will be impacted and evacuations could become necessary.

Backcountry camping permits will not be issued through the weekend and camping in vehicles will not be permitted in the park.

Visitors are asked to respect any closure signs, barriers or staff directions regarding park access.

For the latest on road conditions, call the park at 360-569-2211.