Winter storm to hit eastern Idaho this weekend

Blanche Robertson
February 10, 2019

Residents in Portland and Seattle, two cities where rain is more common than snow in the winter, emptied grocery store shelves and waited in long lines to buy shovels and de-icer.

About 200 flights were canceled at Seattle-Tacoma and Portland global airports Saturday, roughly matching the number of Friday cancellations. In the central part of the state, snow drifts blocked roads and forced the closure of USA 2 and Interstate 90, in addition to causing multiple auto crashes. More than a foot of snow (30.5 cm) was recorded by Saturday morning in some areas, including on the Olympic Peninsula, in the nation's latest bout of winter weather.

The National Weather Service is predicting southern Minnesota will be visited by another snow storm on Sunday and that could be followed by a major storm early next week. Residents of Hawaii were bracing for coastal flooding amid extreme surf predictions.

The Olympia Symphony Orchestra said its show will go on Sunday afternoon, but patrons who do not want to drive in the snow may call the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Box Office to exchange their ticket for a seat for either the March 17 or April 28 concerts. The greatest impact from the storm will be north along Interstate 70 and the northern Maryland counties.

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The National Weather Service says the break will last through the first half of Sunday.

In the Midwest, more than 148,000 customers lost power in western MI following days of freezing rain.

The Pacific Northwest snowstorm also left almost 50,000 people in eastern Washington without electricity. A 59-year-old man died Thursday from exposure at a Seattle light rail station. After that, forecasters will be focused on a "quick, nearly clipper like system" that will likely bring more snow.

"I love it. I'm excited about it", she said of the snow. Snow may be possible every day through February 17. "I think that Portlanders, majority are city people and they come from a lot of different places, so they're not so used to it. If you don't have to go out, don't go out'".

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