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Seattle receives the most snow in 70 years, bitter cold temperatures expected

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"A powerful storm system diving southward brought heavy snow to much of Seattle over the past 24 hours", said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio.

A winter storm pounded Washington state Friday, forcing the cancellation of 200 flights in Seattle as officials worked to get people off the streets and into shelters during the nation's latest bout with winter weather. 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.

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.

Residents cleared out grocery store shelves and left work early Friday afternoon, February 8, as the storm arrived. Residents of Hawaii were bracing for coastal flooding amid extreme surf predictions.

"Monday night, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, we could pick up more snow".

More than a foot of snow (30.5 cm) was recorded in some areas, including on the Olympic Peninsula.

Another cold winter storm is on the way to Northern California this weekend. As many as 50 housing structures were damaged near Yosemite National Park by toppled trees during a snowstorm.

In the Midwest, more than 148,000 customers lost power in western MI following days of freezing rain. The Consumers Energy utility said power would be restored by late Sunday.

In Washington, almost 53,000 people were without power, including almost 26,000 in Thurston County, according to as of 3 p.m. Saturday. A 59-year-old man died Thursday from exposure to frigid temperatures at a Seattle light rail station.

"There is a lot of uncertainty about that", said Schneider, referring to forecasts that look forward more than a few days.

The storm hit with snowfall from Sunday and Monday still on the ground, thanks to below-freezing temperatures that have gripped the area.

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