Snowstorm buries Pacific Northwest, with more on the way


Conditions are likely to let up later in the day, but another storm system is expected to push across the area late Sunday.

The National Weather Service's update on the expected snow fall in Seattle and the surrounding areas.

The mountains will see several inches to a foot of snow tonight making travel hard, be prepared for chain controls and delays. That means lighter, fluffier snow than we've seen previously.

In California, more than 120 visitors and staff members were rescued after being snowbound in a Sierra Nevada resort for five days. Seattle averages 6.8 inches of snow over the course of an entire year.

For the second time this week, the Pacific Northwest is bracing for snow - and this time will see as many as 8 inches in the Seattle area, forecasters said Friday.

Almost 20 million people in the Northwest are under storm alerts Saturday morning as one to two more inches of snow are expected to fall in Seattle, according to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink. The NWS advises drivers to take caution if they have to be out on the roads. By early morning, 80 were already canceled.

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By 4 a.m. PT Saturday, the airport had 7.2 inches of snow, and it was still falling.

Many businesses closed early so workers could get home.

A storm that hit earlier in the week knocked out power in the area for thousands of residents and made travel incredibly hard.

Maya will head to the Plains and Midwest Monday, where heavy snow is expected to accumulate across the northern Plains and upper Midwest.

Even more snow was expected to fall Friday into Saturday so residents should be sure to keep tabs on the storm and heed any warnings from authorities in the area. If you see a downed power line, keep your distance and report it at 206-684-3000 or 911.

Earlier this week, another storm shut down the city and left some neighborhoods with about half a foot of snow. A storm was expected to hit the city Friday into Saturday.