Snowstorm buries Northwest, with more on the way


People across Western Washington woke up to a fresh layer of snow Saturday, with between 6 and 8 inches in Seattle, and over 20 inches in Port Angeles.

In addition, there's a possibility we could get as many as two more snowfalls before the end of next week, according to the weather service.

The National Weather Service says the break will last through the first half of Sunday.

The snow and rain isn't expected to move along the coast and to the Seattle area until the afternoon, but come night time the heaviest snow will likely arrive, according to the NWS. "This is a ideal morning to bundle up and play in the snow, but stay off the roads if possible", he tweeted Saturday.

Elsewhere, more than 148,000 customers lost power in MI following days of freezing rain.

But more snow was possible for the region by midweek, the report said. The Consumers Energy utility said power would be restored by late Sunday.

Some areas received more than a foot of snow, and meteorologists say more is on the way early next week.

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"About.5-1" of precipitation is expected in Sacramento with this storm.

Schneider said the snow will potentially begin falling on Friday, becoming increasingly heavy as the day passes, with the heaviest downfall occurring overnight into Saturday.

About 50,000 residents are said to have lost power across the state, U.S. media report. Scores of flights were cancelled or delayed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

About 180 people spent the night at an emergency shelter set up at Seattle Center, with officials going out again on Saturday to get other homeless residents to safety. A 59-year-old man died Thursday from exposure to frigid temperatures at a Seattle light rail station.

Snowfall from Sunday and Monday lingered into the week as below-freezing temperatures gripped the area.

Residents cleared out grocery store shelves and left work early Friday afternoon as the storm arrived. After that, forecasters will be focused on a "quick, nearly clipper like system" that will likely bring more snow. Bridges in the city were closed Friday as officials planned to determine when they could be reopened, reported.

"I love it. I'm excited about it", she said of the snow. "If you don't have to go out, don't go out'".