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

Lester Mason
February 11, 2019

In Tacoma, hundreds of people turned out for a snowball fight in a park after someone who lives nearby suggested it on Facebook.

In Portland, a tanker truck blocked a ramp for hours after sliding into a vehicle on an interchange between Interstates 5 and 84.

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.

Washington's Governor, Jay Inslee, declared an emergency across the state on Friday.

In Washington, about 50,000 people lost power. The National Weather Service is predicting southern Minnesota will be visited by another snow storm on Sunday and that could be followed by a major storm early next week. Hawaii News Now reported that the surf was forecast to top out at 60 feet (18 metres) on Sunday.

More than a foot of snow (30.5 cm) was recorded in some areas, including on the Olympic Peninsula.


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.

In Yosemite National Park, as many as 50 housing structures near Half Dome Village were damaged by trees toppled during a snowstorm earlier this week, displacing more than 160 employees who provide food, lodging and other services for visitors.

What's very important here the temperatures shouldn't be down to freezing, except for the northern suburbs.

In Seattle, officials urged people to stay off the roads as traffic slowed to a standstill in some places because of the snow.

Sang said she had never seen the store so crowded.

"I love it. I'm excited about it", she said of the snow. It's like, 'Use your brain!

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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