As this “mini-heat-wave” comes across the region over the next few days, the Forest Service is issuing an avalanche warning for the Washington Cascades, especially looking at the area near and west of the mountain crests south of White Pass, including Mt. St. Helens. They say that the avalanche danger on the volcano is “very high” at this time. Forest Service officials say that this combination of warm weather and a “lingering snowpack” is making for extremely dangerous climbing condition. They say that people attempting to climb the mountain should be prepared for extreme avalanche conditions. Monument Manager Tom Mulder says that a climbing ranger will be on the mountain, to update and warn climbers; signs will also be posted at strategic sites like the Climbing Register at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar, and at the Marble Mountain Sno-Park. If you have a permit and don’t want to risk the danger today and tomorrow, you can get a refund by contacting the Forest Service at 360-449-7883. Similar conditions and warnings are also in place on Mt. Hood.