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

Leroy Wright
February 10, 2019

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

An unusually powerful winter storm dropped over six inches on the Pacific Northwest city February 9 - a "new daily record" according to the National Weather Service, which also happens to report that more snow is on the way.

The Sierra Avalanche Center has issued an avalanche watch for the Central Sierra Nevada including the Tahoe Basin starting from 7 a.m. Saturday.

It's only the fourth time the area has seen 6 inches of snow since 1991.

"Everyone in our state needs to focus on preparing for the snow and staying safe", Inslee said in a statement.

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.

"This is a ideal morning to bundle up and play in the snow, but stay off the roads if possible", Gov. Jay Inslee wrote on Twitter.

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Seattle police tweeted that additional resources have been dedicated to getting the homeless community into warm shelters. Only drivers collecting or delivering bulk milk products or de-icing road salt from that agency's locations are exempt, the governor said. Seattle and other areas of the Puget Sound are bracing for a winter storm that is expected to bring 4 to 8 inches of snow.

Conditions are likely to let up later in the day, but another storm system is expected to push across the area late Sunday.

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

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

Marquise Lyons, left, and stepfather Curtis Black make their way down a closed snow-covered residential street January 18, 2012, in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

So it snowed in Seattle.

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