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1 missing in avalanches east of Seattle

Saturday - 4/13/2013, 10:54pm  ET

A man with King County Search and Rescue runs toward scene of avalanche at exit 47 along I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass, Sat. April 13, 2013. (Photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT TO: KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES.

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) -- Rescuers scrambled late Saturday to find a missing snowshoer after a pair of spring avalanches struck separate groups in the mountains east of Seattle, the authorities said.

Three people were initially reported missing, but officials said late Saturday that only one man is now unaccounted for following the twin avalanches.

One avalanche, at Granite Mountain, carried three snowshoers more than 1,200 feet, said Sgt. Katie Larson of the King County Sheriff's Office.

"One of the climbers tells me that they had no warning," she told KOMO-TV. "The avalanche, at this point, from what he's describing, is 30 feet wide, eight feet deep and about a quarter-mile long."

Two men emerged from the snow, but their friend, described as a 60-year-old man, was still missing Saturday evening.

Northwest Weather and Avalanche program director Scott Schell said that the agency's daily bulletin had ranked Saturday's conditions as having a "considerable" danger for avalanches in the area.

The other avalanche occurred on Red Mountain, near the Alpental Ski Area off I-90. A woman was hiking with her dog near a group of a dozen other people when the avalanche hit.

The woman, who had been reported missing, was hypothermic and unable to walk after she was unearthed from several feet of snow. Her dog was OK.

The other person initially reported missing, Chris Soun, told KOMO the group was about 2
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