Snow socks Pa­cific North­west; more ex­pected

The Washington Post - - NEWS -

SEAT­TLE — Pa­cific North­west res­i­dents who are more ac­cus­tomed to rain than snow were dig­ging out from a win­ter storm and brac­ing for more on Sun­day.

The sun was out, but the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said snow would re­turn late in the af­ter­noon into the evening across the North­west. Snow­fall amounts were ex­pected to range from an inch to three inches through Sun­day night.

Storms have de­liv­ered more snow to Seat­tle in the first days of Fe­bru­ary than it usu­ally gets in a year, the Seat­tle Times re­ported.

Snow was ex­pected to push into the Puget Sound area late Sun­day and con­tinue into the early overnight hours, the Weather Ser­vice said. A brief break was ex­pected be­fore an­other sys­tem ar­rives.

“Don’t over­look that first sys­tem,” me­te­o­rol­o­gist Ja­cob DeFl­itch told the Seat­tle Times. “But the sec­ond one will ar­rive right on its heels and looks to be more sub­stan­tial. Be­tween them, there’s not much time to spare.”

Tem­per­a­tures were in the teens or sin­gle dig­its. Low-tem­per­a­ture records could fall Sun­day, me­te­o­rol­o­gists said.

It was nine de­grees in Ar­ling­ton, Wash., early Sun­day. The Weather Ser­vice said that was colder than the Arc­tic Coast or North Slope of Alaska.

An ex­pected two feet to four feet from Sun­day through Wed­nes­day in the Cas­cades could be wel­come to skiers and snow­board­ers, Will Ahue, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the Weather Ser­vice in Port­land, Ore., told the Ore­go­nian.

School district of­fi­cials through­out Ore­gon and south­west Wash­ing­ton were closely fol­low­ing the weather fore­casts and storm track­ing for Mon­day classes, KOIN-TV re­ported.

In North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, the lat­est in a se­ries of storms dusted beaches with snow and caused white­out con­di­tions on moun­tain roads. The Weather Ser­vice of­fice in Eureka re­ported ac­cu­mu­lat­ing snow at sea level. KIEM-TV posted pho­tos of Clam Beach in Ar­cata cov­ered in fresh pow­der.

The last time Hum­boldt County beaches re­ceived snow was dur­ing the win­ter of 2002-03, of­fi­cials said.

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