Snowstorm buries Pacific Northwest, with more on the way

Snowstorm buries Pacific Northwest, with more on the way

Four to 8 inches of snow is expected in the areas surrounding Arco, Mackay, Mud Lake, the Caribou Highlands, the Bear Lake region and Swan Valley. In January and February of 1950, Portland was a winter wonderland for 29 straight days.

The 6.4 inches of snow in Sea-Tac on Friday was a new daily record, and the second most in a single day in the past 20 years according to the National Weather Service.

The Sierra Avalanche Center has issued an avalanche watch for the Central Sierra Nevada including the Tahoe Basin starting from 7 a.m. Saturday.

It's only the fourth time the area has seen six inches of snow since 1991.

Friday's snowstorm brought anywhere from 3-4 inches in some areas to 20-plus inches between Sequim and Port Angeles.

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency, saying everyone in the state should focus on staying safe.

Snow and cold are also forecast for interior OR and Washington as well as for much of northern California, the National Weather Service said. "Weather forecasters predict this may be a storm unlike one we've seen in many years".

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"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.

Mike Jacobs tweeted that since supermarkets were out of kale thanks to "tiny fluffy balls of icy death", he was going to stay home and guard his supply.

A winter storm pounded Washington state Friday, forcing the cancellation of 200 flights in Seattle as officials worked to get people off the streets and into shelters during the nation's latest bout with winter weather.

Conditions are likely to let up later in the day, but another storm system is expected to push across the area late Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Monday afternoon, CNN's Brink said, with the forecast high expected to hit 35 degrees F.

There's a possibility of more snow for Seattle on Sunday into Monday.

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