Winter storms clobber parts of Pacific Northwest, California and Midwest

Leroy Wright
February 11, 2019

Residents more accustomed to rain than snow were digging out from a winter storm while bracing for more.

Several rounds of snow will blanket south central Wisconsin through this week.

It was 9 degrees Fahrenheit in Arlington, Washington early on Sunday. Hundreds of people in Tacoma turned out for a snowball fight in a park after someone suggested it on Facebook.

In the Midwest, more than 148,000 customers lost power in western MI following days of freezing rain.

Another blast of winter weather is expected to hit the Capital with 25 to 35 cm of snow in the forecast.

There can be a rapid freeze-up in the lower Ohio Valley later Tuesday as temperatures plunge behind the rain, causing any lingering wet areas to turn to ice.

"This is a flawless 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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- Sunday will start off with sunshine but will transition to clouds by the afternoon before some messy winter weather arrives.

The National Weather Service said additional snow could fall Saturday, and another storm was expected early next week.

Washington's Governor, Jay Inslee, declared an emergency across the state on Friday. Other area schools will also be closed.

More than a foot of snow (30.5 cm) was recorded by Saturday morning on the Olympic Peninsula. In Seattle, snowfall from February 3 and 4 lingered into the week as below-freezing temperatures gripped the area.

Sang said she had never seen the store so crowded.

But more snow was possible for the region by midweek, the report said. This will be another system that brings a variety of precipitation types with it. Areas along US20 in Northern Illinois and Northeast Iowa will see mainly snow at the onset of this event, with locations on either side of the I 80 corridor seeing a mix. "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".

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