Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Winter Storm Warning for Sierra Starts Friday

Winter Storm Warning for Sierra Starts Friday

By 4 a.m. PT Saturday, the airport had 7.2 inches of snow, and it was still falling.

People across Western Washington woke up to a fresh layer of snow Saturday, with between 6 and 8 inches in Seattle, and over 20 inches in Port Angeles.

The snowstorm that blew into the Puget Sound Friday forced the cancellation of 200 flights in Seattle as officials throughout the region worked to get people off the streets and into shelters.

The weather service has a winter-storm watch from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon.

Some of the forecast models show "potentially crippling snowfall amounts for the Seattle, Everett, (and the) Tacoma area westward to the Olympics", according to the National Weather Service in Seattle's Thursday morning forecast.

Earlier in the week Seattle got snow that caused much of the city to come to a grinding halt. Inslee declared a state of emergency over the storm.

In Portland, a tanker truck slid into a sport-utility vehicle on an interchange between Interstates 5 and 84 on Saturday, blocking the ramp for hours. Residents of Hawaii were bracing for coastal flooding amid extreme surf predictions.

The northern part of the Olympic Peninsula could receive more than a foot of snow.

The biggest snowstorm since February 2017 slammed Seattle at the start of the weekend. Seattle nearly reached its yearly amount of snowfall in a day.

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Many businesses closed early so workers could get home.

Another winter storm was on the way to the region.

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

"Monday night, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, we could pick up more snow".

More than 60,000 people lost power during the blizzard, which triggered major travel disruptions including hundreds of canceled flights and the closure of a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in central Washington due to spin-outs and poor visibility.

The storm hit with snowfall from Sunday and Monday still on the ground, thanks to below-freezing temperatures that have gripped the area.

A 66-year-old California man died after getting stuck in rough ocean conditions in Napili Bay, off northwest Maui, on Friday.

Autumn Sang was at a mobbed grocery store in Tualatin, Oregon, on Friday stocking up for the coming storm for herself and her neighbor, who is disabled and doesn't have a auto.

"I love it. I'm excited about it", she said of the snow. It's like, 'Use your brain!

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