Rare snow blankets Seattle, canceling flights and wreaking havoc

09 Février, 2019, 20:39 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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NWS forecasters say the heaviest precipitation is expected Friday evening and then overnight into Saturday.

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 Consumers Energy utility said power would be restored by late Sunday.

Drivers are being advised to expect a longer commute than normal.

"Use light rail if you are in Seattle".

Schools and colleges had canceled classes ahead of the storm expected to bring 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) of snow.

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

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The Department of Transportation said numerous spinouts were reported on interstates, and Interstate 5 through Seattle was shut down at times for snow removal and because of wrecks.

More than 12 million people in the Northwest are under winter weather alerts Large amounts of snow are expected on the north slopes of the Olympics, about eight inches and more.

For Sunday, KIRO 7's Morgan Palmer predicts a "quick-hitting weaker system", with a couple of inches of snow in south Seattle. More active weather is projected to continue through next week.

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. It's the second most snow recorded in the area in a day for the past 20 years - and more is still to come.

"Everyone in our state needs to focus on preparing for the snow and staying safe", Inslee said in a news release. "I think that Portlanders, majority are city people and they come from a lot of different places, so they're not so used to it. If you don't have to go out, don't go out'".

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