I see ski season is opening today at Crystal Mountain (ski resort in Mr Rainier National Park, about 2 hrs’ driving from Seattle). King5 news reports that the snowboarders and skiers are ‘giddy’ and ready to head to the mountains. (Picture from crystalmountainresort.com). No snow here in southeast Asia, and none expected any time ‘soon’, of course ! But Japan is starting to get snow in the lower lying areas. I guess the samurai warrior helps the weather woman press home the point that snow tires might be needed – or at least, to drive carefully. The Seattle area was forecast to get some spotty snow in the lower lying areas Friday but looks like that has cleared up.