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Rochester Area Could See Three Rounds of Snow Starting Sunday

11 February 2019

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

Snow began falling north of Seattle with some areas recording 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow before it made its way south and enveloped the city.

Forecasters said Portland, Oregon, could get up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow later in the day, with two more snowstorms expected to hit the city next week.

Temperatures should reach the low 40s Sunday afternoon, so any hazardous conditions should be gone rather quickly. The National Weather Service said the first storm system is expected to arrive in the area Sunday night with light accumulation, and the second system will push through Monday and continue into Tuesday.

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In Portland, a tanker truck slid into a sport-utility vehicle on an interchange between Interstates 5 and 84 on Saturday, blocking the ramp for hours.

More than a foot of snow (30.5 cm) was recorded by Saturday morning on the Olympic Peninsula, in the nation's latest bout of winter weather.

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency, saying everyone in the state should focus on staying safe. Hawaii News Now reported that the surf was forecast to top out at 60 feet (18 metres) on Sunday.

About 50,000 residents are said to have lost power across the state, USA media report.

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Another winter storm was on the way to the region. As many as 50 housing structures were damaged near Yosemite National Park by toppled trees during a snowstorm. The Consumers Energy utility said power would be restored by late February 8.

"Snow" could be the buzzword this week, as Mid-Michigan could receive more than a foot of the white stuff this week.

Residents in Seattle cleared out grocery store shelves and left work early on Friday afternoon as the storm arrived. The advisory also includes most of the Twin Cities metro.

"I love it. I'm excited about it", she said of the snow.

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Rochester Area Could See Three Rounds of Snow Starting Sunday