Storm leaves Wash­ing­ton; res­i­dents play in the snow

Albuquerque Journal - - NATION -

SEAT­TLE — A win­ter storm that blan­keted Wash­ing­ton state with snow and forced the can­cel­la­tion of more than 200 flights moved south into Ore­gon as me­te­o­rol­o­gists warned Satur­day that yet more was on the way.

In Seat­tle, res­i­dents cleared out gro­cery store shelves and left work early Fri­day af­ter­noon as the storm ar­rived. On Satur­day, many got out ski gear and sleds and took to neigh­bor­hood hills or even streets that were too steep for cars to nav­i­gate.

In Ta­coma, hun­dreds of peo­ple turned out for a snow­ball fight in a park after some­one who lives nearby sug­gested it on Face­book. They took cover be­hind pic­nic ta­bles and used sleds as shields.

“This is a per­fect morn­ing to bun­dle up and play in the snow, but stay off the roads if pos­si­ble,” Gov. Jay Inslee wrote on Twit­ter.

More than a foot of snow was recorded in some ar­eas, in­clud­ing on the Olympic Penin­sula, in the na­tion’s lat­est bout of win­ter weather.

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