Winter Storm Pounds Washington State Cancelling 200 Flights

Elias Hubbard
February 9, 2019

Depending on the area the storm is expected to begin at various times throughout Friday. Looks like most areas can expect to stay dry until late this afternoon or early this evening.

A warning to travelers in Owyhee County and southern Twin Falls County: On Saturday night and Sunday morning, wind gusts of 20 to 35 miles per hour could cause blowing snow and affect visibility, forecasters say. 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.

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency, saying everyone in the state should focus on staying safe. She grew up in southern OR, where snow is more common, and wasn't fazed by the forecast.

"Forecasters predict this may be a storm unlike one we've seen in many years", he said.

Authorities in the densely populated Seattle region are getting ready to tackle the storm.

There was an unusual sight at the world-famous Pike Place Market in Seattle Saturday morning: about 4 inches of snow on the ground already.

Seattle City Light said it was preparing for the snow and tweeted, "Today's snowfall will cause tree branches to sag and fall, potentially bringing power lines down with them".

A winter storm pounded Washington state Friday, forcing the cancellation of 200 flights in Seattle as officials worked to get people off the streets and into shelters during the nation's latest bout with winter weather.

Temperatures will drop below freezing Friday night and won't get back above 32 degrees until Sunday.

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

More rain and snow are ahead for your weekend.

Those temperatures, combined with the wind, could make it feel like it's in the teens Saturday across the Seattle region.

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

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