More snowfall begins in Pacific Northwest

Cars trucks and a lone cyclist make their way in the snow on Capitol Way in Olympia Friday

The threat for icing with this system will be significantly lower compared to our last storm system, as the temperature profile aloft will not support much accumulation. Finally, locations to the south of the Quad Cities near Monmouth and Galesburg will see mainly rain through Monday night.

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

The weather service predicts another chance of snow and freezing drizzle late Sunday morning with temperatures slightly above freezing. And wouldn't you know it, the city's canine residents can't get enough. Other area schools will also be closed.

Another winter storm was on the way to the region. As many as 50 housing structures were damaged near Yosemite National Park by toppled trees during a snowstorm.

Elsewhere, more than 148,000 customers were without electricity in MI following days of freezing rain. The Consumers Energy utility said power would be restored by late February 8.

The Pacific Northwest snowstorm also left almost 50,000 people in eastern Washington without electricity. The counties covered by the Winter Weather Advisory could receive 5 to 7 inches of snow.

After two days of cold, mostly sunny weather with highs near 33 degrees, Tuesday is expected to bring a winter storm, according to the National Weather Service.

Autumn Sang was at a mobbed grocery store in Tualatin, Oregon, on Friday stocking up for the coming storm for herself and her neighbor, who is disabled and doesn't have a auto.

Climate scientist Cliff Mass warns of a storm bigger than anything we've seen this week for Tuesday, labeling it "the Big Kahuna of snow". "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".

"There may be several hours of wintry precipitation and wintry travel conditions from I-80 to Chicago and Detroit", AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.



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