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People in Seattle, Wash., on
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msnbc.com staff and news service
updated 2 hours 2 minutes ago
SEATTLE — A
"potential major winter storm" that could dump twice Seattle's annual
snowfall on the city over the course of two days was headed for the Pacific
Northwest on Tuesday night and into Wednesday, weather.com reported.
Chris Dolce, a meteorologist with
weather.com, wrote that travel could become "dangerous or impossible"
by Tuesday night in areas including Seattle, Olympia, Bellingham as well as
Weather.com was predicting that parts of the
Seattle area could be hit with 12-18 inches of snow in the next 48 hours. Up to
8 inches was also expected in Portland.
"Keep in mind, average annual
snowfall is only 2.4 inches in Portland and 5.9 inches in Seattle, so these
amounts are very significant for these metro areas," Dolce added.
"According to the National Weather Service in Seattle,
Wash., snow amounts from this storm could exceed anything seen since November
1985 at Sea-Tac airport."
The Seattle area saw several inches
of snow over the weekend, and then a lull on Monday and overnight into Tuesday
morning for most of the region.
Dolce said that "several feet
of snow" was expected to pile up in the Cascade and Bitterroots mountains.
Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass in
the Cascades was shut down Tuesday morning for avalanche control.
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According to Dolce's forecast, snow
was likely to spread well inland across the interior Northwest into the
Northern Rockies. Spokane, Wash., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Kalispell, Mont. and
Missoula, Mont., will all deal with substantial amounts of snow and rough
travel conditions, weather.com reported.
"There is a chance that an area
of localized heavier snow could develop in the Seattle metro area Monday night
into Tuesday morning along the arctic frontal boundary," Dolce added.
Snow was also forecast in the
Midwest and New England starting later Tuesday, weather.com reported.
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