Winter Snow Storm Wallops Pacific Northwest; Washington Declares State of Emergency

Postado Fevereiro 11, 2019

Pacific Northwest residents who are more accustomed to rain than snow were digging out from a winter storm and bracing for more on Sunday. The forecasting models are not in agreement on the track of the low-pressure center, but the National Weather Service says it's likely to produce significant snow somewhere across the Upper Midwest late Monday and into Tuesday.

Sunday, Feb. 10 will be mostly sunny, with a high in the mid 30s but wind -chill values between 15 and 25.

The storm will arrive overnight Monday into Tuesday with flurries before snow becomes steadier sometime around 8 a.m. Snow will change to freezing rain at times after noontime before changing back to snow and then to sleet and rain as the high temperature climbs just above the freezing mark excepts areas farthest north.

It was 9 degrees Fahrenheit in Arlington, Washington early on Sunday.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency over the storm. Hawaii News Now reported that the surf was forecast to top out at 60 feet (18 metres) on Sunday.

In California, more than 120 visitors and staff members were rescued February 7 after being trapped by up to 7 feet of snow in a Sierra Nevada resort for five days.

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

In Washington, about 50,000 people lost power. A 59-year-old man died Thursday from exposure at a Seattle light rail station.

Residents cleared out grocery store shelves and left work early Friday afternoon as the storm arrived.

Some cities within the region are expected to see as much as three feet of total accumulation through Tuesday, before multiple winter systems pass over the area. The advisory also includes most of the Twin Cities metro.

"There may be several hours of wintry precipitation and wintry travel conditions from I-80 to Chicago and Detroit", AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.