February 21, 2019

Seattle area getting another round of heavy snow -- and more next week

10 February 2019, 03:35 | Devin Moran

Winter storm to hit eastern Idaho this weekend

Feb. 13 1916 A big storm buried Seattle under nearly 3 feet of snow. This view looks south on Second Avenue near Union Street

That hasn't stopped Seattle's dogs from making the most of the surprise snow day. Total snowfall amounts will reach 25 to 30 cm in most areas by Friday morning. In January and February of 1950, Portland was a winter wonderland for 29 straight days.

The National Weather Service says the warning will be in effect from noon Friday to noon Saturday.

The Sierra Avalanche Center has issued an avalanche watch for the Central Sierra Nevada including the Tahoe Basin starting from 7 a.m. Saturday. Along the coast and the southwest interior, there could likely be two to four inches of snow, though it would hit the southwest interior a bit later than the other areas.

In the mountains, there could be six to 10 inches of snow. Near whiteout conditions are expected in higher elevations are expected at times.

Winter Storm Maya arrived in the Pacific Northwest on Friday afternoon, and it didn't take long to cause major travel problems for the region's most populous city.

"Everyone in our state needs to focus on preparing for the snow and staying safe", Inslee said in a statement. Only drivers collecting or delivering bulk milk products or de-icing road salt from FMCSA locations are exempt, the governor said.

A winter storm that blanketed Washington state with snow and forced the cancelation of more than 200 flights moved south into OR as meteorologists warned Saturday that yet more was on the way. But unlike the storm earlier this week, foothill residents should not expect much precipitation, Bollenbacher said.

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

Earlier this week, another storm shut down the city and left some neighborhoods with about half a foot of snow.

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.

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