Winter storms clobber parts of Pacific Northwest, California and Midwest

Image courtesy National Weather Service

Image courtesy National Weather Service

A worker walks across a snow-covered parking lot, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. They took cover behind picnic tables and used sleds as shields.

About 50,000 residents are said to have lost power across the state, U.S. media report. Snowfall amounts will range from an inch to 3 inches (2.5 centimeters to 7.6 centimeters) through Sunday night.

More than 120 people were rescued on Thursday from a Sierra Nevada, California, resort after being trapped by snow for five days. The Consumers Energy utility said power would be restored by late Sunday.

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. Inslee declared a state of emergency over the storm.

An unusually powerful winter storm dropped over six inches on the Pacific Northwest city February 9 - a "new daily record" according to the National Weather Service, which also happens to report that more snow is on the way.

Temperatures will be a couple degrees warmer around the Flint area Monday night and Tuesday, so about 4 inches of snow is expected. A 59-year-old man died Thursday from exposure at a Seattle light rail station.

Residents of the Northwest are dealing with a heavy snowfall, and meteorologists say more is likely on the way.

"I love it. I'm excited about it", she said of the snow. The advisory also includes most of the Twin Cities metro. "If you don't have to go out, don't go out'".

"There may be several hours of wintry precipitation and wintry travel conditions from I-80 to Chicago and Detroit", AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

Snow is expected to fall and create slippery conditions from Bismarck, North Dakota to Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Minneapolis; Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Traverse City and Marquette, Michigan.

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