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

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There could be periods of heavy snow during this period, creating low visibility and slippery conditions for the afternoon/evening commute on Tuesday.

Snow emergencies have already been declared for some Metro cities.

Pacific Northwest residents who are more accustomed to rain than snow are digging out from a winter storm and bracing for more.

After a break in the precipitation Sunday afternoon, the NWS predicts a second round of wintry weather will affect the region Sunday night into Monday with freezing rain, sleet and snow.

Up to 7 feet (2 meters) of snow had trapped the guests and staff beginning Sunday at Montecito Sequoia Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Alicia Embrey said.

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Seattle schools will be closed Monday, along with other area schools.

Monday Night: We will see rain and sleet before 10 p.m., then freezing rain and sleet between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., then rain and sleet after 4 a.m. Temperatures will drop to a low of 32 degrees. The Grant County Sheriff's Office warned that snow drifts were blocking many roads. The state transportation department said crews had to clear several trees that had fallen across roads in the Tacoma area.

Another potent winter storm system will be taking aim at the Quad Cities in the next 24 hours.

In the Midwest, more than 148,000 customers lost power in western MI following days of freezing rain.

The amount of precipitation will depend on the weather system's exact path, and "how for north the milder air can get into southern Ontario", said the statement. The Consumers Energy utility said power would be restored by late February 8. A 59-year-old man died Thursday from exposure to frigid temperatures at a Seattle light rail station. It's like, 'Use your brain!

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