St. Helens: Visitors Hope For Close-Up Volcano View
But the snow receded and officials deemed it safe to reopen the viewpoint Friday morning, offering guests a seat just 5 miles from the volcano's crater.
KOIN News 6 reporter Drew Mikkelsen said about 20 people from around the country were waiting when the doors opened. They hoped that the clouds would lift to reveal the growing lava dome.
While officials believe that it's safe to gather at the vantage point, they ask that people with respiratory problems carry dust masks or handkerchiefs in case of ash fall.
The observatory is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through the summer. Admission is $3 for those over 16 years old.