SEATTLE — Officials said one person remained missing Saturday afternoon after two avalanches hit two separate groups near Snoqualmie Summit, about 45 miles east of Seattle.
Initial reports said as many as three people were missing. The King County Sheriff's Office said one avalanche, at Granite Mountain, carried three snowshoers about 1,000 feet.
The two men emerged from the snow, but their friend is still missing.
At another site at milepost 50, a group of about 12 people from Sammamish went out snowshoeing. At about the 4,800 foot level, an avalanche split the group in two.
Kay Seo, a woman who was part of the group, said her survival instincts kicked in.
"Horrible experience, fear, avalanche came down like water... water shape... so we held onto trees and we survived," she said.
One man was buried up to his armpits and a woman with a dog was found after the dog led the rescuers to her. She was expected to be OK.
Rescuers made contact with the larger group at about 6 p.m.
People familiar with the trail said it was very steep and dangerous in snowy conditions.
The avalanches occurred as heavy snow was falling in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle.
Travel on Interstate 90 was not affected by the avalanches.