Travel-stopping snow for Seattle, Portland
On the heels of an early-week snow storm that crippled parts of western Washington, another storm is taking aim at the Pacific Northwest.
It's the same one that already blanketed Anchorage in a snowy coat before dumping nearly a foot of snow on parts of Southeast Alaska earlier in the week. As it closes in on the Northwest, Seattle could see its biggest snow in two years. For this reason, winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are in place across the region.
The last time the Emerald City saw this kind of snow was in early February of 2017 when the city picked up 7.1 inches of snow on Feb. 5 and 6. While that doesn't sound like much, for Alaska standards, it was enough to make national headlines at the time. In fact, the storm earlier this week coated the hilly metropolis in just 2.7 inches of snow and that was enough to cause major travel problems.
The incoming storm already prompted early closures of Seattle-area schools Friday in anticipation of the deteriorating conditions. Many businesses are allowing employees to leave early in order to get home before the snow hits.
At the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport passengers are lined up, trying to get a jump start on the storm. As of early Friday there were no cancellations or delays, and many airlines waived fees for changing flights to help travelers get ahead of the storm.
Seattle's forecast calls for 6 to 8 inches of snow, starting around noon on Friday. It will start slow at first, then pick up later in the day and last through the night. By Saturday, the snow will begin to taper off from north to south across the region.
Northerly wind will follow the heavy snow, strong enough to cause damage in northwestern Washington. As things begin to settle, the cold air will stick around. Temperatures will remain below freezing through the weekend, meaning the snow that falls will stick around. And with cold air in place, the coming week keeps the chance of snow in the forecast.
The storm will continue south, spreading snow across Oregon and northern California. The entire state of Oregon is under either a winter weather advisory or winter storm warning.
It looks like coastal areas will, for the second time this week, see a rare snowfall. Even the state's biggest city will be blanketed in winter's wonder. A little different for Portland, the snow will start Friday and continue on and off through the beginning of the week. The potential for a couple inches each day means Stumptown might see impacts that rival Seattle in the coming week.
If you have any travel plans in the area, be sure to check the forecast and stay ahead of the storm. While we Alaskans might not be fazed by a little snow, it is a different beast for parts of the country that aren't used to it.
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