More snow likely for storm-buried Pacific Northwest

More snow likely for storm-buried Pacific Northwest

In the Pacific Northwest, an unusual snow dump forced the cancellation of more than 200 flights in Seattle and Portland but also had residents celebrating with skis and sleds after more than a foot of snow fell in some areas in a region more accustomed to rain.

For Sunday, KIRO 7's Morgan Palmer predicts a "quick-hitting weaker system", with a couple of inches of snow in south Seattle.

There's also a high wind warning for Whatcom, Skagit and the San Juans until 4 a.m. Sunday, with gusts in the 40-60 miles per hour range, making it feel like the single digits with the wind chill.

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.

"Don't let the sun fool you", the Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted on Sunday morning.

More central areas of Washington state have been inundated with snow drifts of up to 3-4ft (1m-1.2m) in places, the Associated Press reports.

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School district officials throughout OR and southwest Washington were closely following the weather forecasts and storm tracking for Monday classes, KOIN-TV reported.

A third round of snow is possible on Thursday.

The National Weather Service said additional snow could fall Saturday, and another storm was expected early next week. As many as 50 housing structures were damaged near Yosemite National Park by toppled trees during a snowstorm. Inslee declared a state of emergency over the storm.

Elsewhere, more than 148,000 customers lost power 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 February 7 from exposure at a Seattle light rail station.

Autumn Sang was at a mobbed grocery store in Tualatin, Oregon, on Friday stocking up for the coming storm for herself and her neighbor, who is disabled and doesn't have a vehicle. She wasn't fazed by the forecast of more snow on its way.

Sang said she had never seen the store so crowded. It's like, 'Use your brain!

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