Snow blankets western Washington, and it’s going to stick around

10 February, 2019, 20:57 | Author: Carlos George
  • The Seattle area could get more snow starting Friday afternoon and roads like Mountain View Drive South in South Seattle could be coated with more ice

More central areas of Washington state have been inundated with snow drifts of up to 3-4ft (1m-1.2m) in places, the Associated Press reports.

About 200 flights were cancelled at Seattle-Tacoma and Portland global airports yesterday, roughly matching the number of last Friday's cancellations.

The state of Washington has been hit by a major snowstorm as Seattle recorded more than half a foot of snow by Saturday morning, topping the city's yearly average.

Forecasters said Portland, Oregon, could get up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow later in the day, with two more snowstorms expected to hit the city next week.

The mountains will see several inches to a foot of snow tonight making travel hard, be prepared for chain controls and delays. The city averages about an inch less than that annually, NWS meteorologist Jacob DeFlitch told The Seattle Times.

Travel early today to beat our next winter storm that will move into the Sierra this evening and last through Sunday evening with a winter storm warning up.

Snow continued in Western Washington on Saturday, and experts warn of even more to come on Tuesday.

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Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Friday.

"Everyone in our state needs to focus on preparing for the snow and staying safe", Inslee said in a statement. "This is a flawless morning to bundle up and play in the snow, but stay off the roads if possible", he tweeted Saturday.

About 180 people spent the night at an emergency shelter set up at Seattle Center, with officials going out again on February 9 to get other homeless residents to safety. Only drivers collecting or delivering bulk milk products or de-icing road salt from FMCSA locations are exempt, the governor said.

Schools and offices closed early in the Seattle area, and commuters swarmed the roads in an effort to get home before the heaviest snow arrived.

The National Weather Service said the first storm system is expected to arrive in the area Sunday night with light accumulation, and the second system will push through Monday and continue into Tuesday. The wind gusts could reach anywhere from 20-30 miles per hour in the Seattle area, while the northern Puget Sound and Olympics region could see gusts of 60 miles per hour.

Seattle's average high at this time of year is 49 degrees, Brink said.

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