More snow likely for storm-buried Pacific Northwest

More snow likely for storm-buried Pacific Northwest

Snowfall amounts will range from an inch to 3 inches (2.5 centimeters to 7.6 centimeters) through Sunday night.

About 3 p.m. Tuesday, another round of snowfall is expected before conditions clear up on Wednesday, when sunny skies and temperatures in the low-30s are in the forecast, the weather service said.

"Monday morning will be quite in advance of the storm with the first flakes starting to fall during the early afternoon", said First Alert Storm Team Meteorologist Joe Winters. In the central part of the state, snow drifts blocked roads and forced the closure of USA 2 and Interstate 90, in addition to causing multiple vehicle crashes.

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency, saying everyone in the state should focus on staying safe.

In Washington, about 50,000 people lost power.

A mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow will overspread the area by the middle of the afternoon Monday (around 3pm). There could also be snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible.

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About 180 people spent the night at an emergency shelter set up at Seattle Center, with officials going out again on February 9 to get other homeless residents to safety.

The large group of people participated in a public snowball fight on Saturday at Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington. "This will be a heavier snow than we've seen with recent systems". A 59-year-old man died Thursday from exposure at a Seattle light rail station.

In Tualatin, Ore., resident Autumn Sang was mobbed during a visit to a grocery store to stock up on supplies. "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". However, if ice develops, crews would likely have limited ability to improve driving conditions, so drivers should carefully monitor the weather and use caution if traveling in the early morning hours on Sunday.

Recent cold weather and snow has been affecting other states too.

Additional shelter space opened by city and county officials was filling up.

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