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Originally published Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 1:55 PM

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2 dead, up to 8 missing in Wash. avalanche

Authorities say two people are reported dead and as many as eight more are missing after an avalanche near a Washington state ski resort.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

Authorities say two people are reported dead and as many as eight more are missing after an avalanche near a Washington state ski resort.

King County sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West says her office began receiving word about the avalanche near Stevens Pass, in the Cascade Mountains northeast of Seattle, just after noon Sunday.

She says the deaths occurred in an out-of-bounds area near the local ski resort.

West says rescue crews are in route.

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center on Sunday issued a warning for high avalanche danger for areas above 5,000 feet.

The elevation of the avalanche wasn't immediately clear.

West also says a snowboarder has been killed in a separate incident at the Alpental ski area east of Seattle. The snowboarder went over a cliff.

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