By Katharine Jackson
(Reuters) – A collection of winter storms, packing heavy snow and gusty winds, grounded flights and knocked out energy for tens of 1000’s of individuals within the Pacific Northwest, the place forecasters predicted extra snow may fall on Sunday.
Seattle residents woke on Saturday to the uncommon sight of their metropolis lined in white because the Nationwide Climate Service stored winter storm warnings in impact for a lot of the area.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Friday as the primary highly effective winter storm approached, warning it may very well be not like any Seattle had seen in a few years.
“I encourage everybody to remain off the roads if potential,” Inslee mentioned in a press release.
As of lunchtime Saturday, practically 50,000 prospects within the Puget Sound area have been nonetheless with out energy after snow and winds on Friday lower the lights and despatched crews scrambling to revive energy in a single day, Puget Sound Vitality reported.
A file 6.four inches (16 cm) of snow piled up on the Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide airport on Friday, the most important accumulation since 2014, the Nationwide Climate Service mentioned.
Greater than 225 flights have been canceled on the airport on Saturday, in line with the flight monitoring web site FlightAware.com.
The flakes stopped falling in Seattle on Saturday, however the climate service predicted snow may begin once more late on Sunday afternoon, with one other 2 to four inches (5 cm to 10 cm) of snow potential by Monday morning.
(Reporting by Katharine Jackson; modifying by Jonathan Oatis)