Two more ‘significant’ winter storms headed for western Washington

Two more ‘significant’ winter storms headed for western Washington

Residents in Portland and Seattle, two cities where rain is more common than snow in the winter, emptied grocery store shelves and waited in long lines to buy shovels and de-icer.

The snow will come in three waves beginning Sunday evening, followed by systems coming to the region Monday night and Thursday night.

Seattle Weather Blog reports that Seattle woke up Saturday to its biggest February storm since 1962. The weather service said that was colder than the Arctic coast or North Slope of Alaska.

More than a foot of snow (30.5 cm) was recorded by Saturday morning on the Olympic Peninsula, in the nation's latest bout of winter weather. And wouldn't you know it, the city's canine residents can't get enough. 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.

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An expansive winter storm will take shape across the northern Plains on Monday afternoon, according to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Billy Clark. As many as 50 housing structures were damaged near Yosemite National Park by toppled trees during a snowstorm.

Elsewhere, more than 148,000 customers were without electricity in MI following days of freezing rain. The Consumers Energy utility said power would be restored by late Sunday. A 59-year-old man died Thursday from exposure to frigid temperatures at a Seattle light rail station. Forecasters say the track of the system could still shift and there is a chance some areas could see higher accumulations and some freezing drizzle.

Sang said she had never seen the store so crowded. "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".

"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. It's like, 'Use your brain!

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