Western Washington wakes up to more snow Saturday

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 11, 2019

Residents in Portland and Seattle, two cities where rain is more common than snow in the winter, emptied grocery store shelves and waited in long lines to buy shovels and de-icer. More than a foot of snow was recorded by Saturday morning, February 9, in some areas, including on the Olympic Peninsula, in the nation's latest bout of winter weather. Snowfall amounts will range from an inch to 3 inches (2.5 centimeters to 7.6 centimeters) through Sunday night.

There's also a high wind warning for Whatcom, Skagit and the San Juans until 4 a.m. Sunday, with gusts in the 40-60 miles per hour range, making it feel like the single digits with the wind chill. In Seattle, snowfall from Sunday and Monday lingered into the week as below-freezing temperatures gripped the area.

It was 9 degrees in Arlington, Washington early Sunday. The weather service says that was colder than the Arctic coast or North Slope of Alaska. Heavy equipment and crews then cleared more than 20 fallen trees and 8 miles (13 kilometers) of deep snow on the road leading to the lodge to allow guests and staff to leave the property Thursday night.

Meanwhile, forecasters are closely monitoring a potent storm system that's predicted to come out of the Rockies on Monday.

"This is a flawless morning to bundle up and play in the snow, but stay off the roads if possible", Gov. Jay Inslee wrote on Twitter.

The National Weather Service said additional snow could fall Saturday, and another storm was expected early next week.

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency, saying everyone in the state should focus on staying safe. As many as 50 housing structures were damaged near Yosemite National Park by toppled trees during a snowstorm.

Elsewhere, more than 148,000 customers lost power in MI following days of freezing rain.

"I love it. I'm excited about it", she said of the snow.

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