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Heavy Snow Moves Through the Pacific Northwest

6 Feb 2017, 1:51 pm

Areas of heavy snow continue to move through the Pacific Northwest and much more is ahead. Washington saw the most widespread accumulations over the last 24 hours. A heavy blanket of snow fell on the Seattle area, causing for a treacherous morning commute. Up to four inches fell in the metro area. Schools were closed in Seattle’s metro area, and some transit systems were running behind schedule or on snow routes.

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More than a foot of snow fell in parts of the Cascades, with 6-8″ common closer to the coast. 1 to 2 feet of snow will fall over the highest mountain peaks in the Northwest in the next few days. Several advisories and warnings remain in effect for the region.

Further south, another surge of rain and snow is ahead for California. The Sierra Nevada range will likely see 1 to 3 feet of snow, with Winter Storm Warnings issued for that area.

The train of moisture continues to crash into the California Coast, with 3-6″ of rain possible over the next few days. Flash Flood Watches have been issued with the threat of flooding increasing later tonight. Heavy rain will be falling over saturated soils and some snow melt may occur in lower elevations as well. Strong winds are possible at times, with gusts of 30 to 60 mph.

The Wasatch and Rockies will see the snow increase tonight and continue into Wednesday. Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for 1 to 3 feet of snow.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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