Winter Storm Maya Arrives in the Pacific Northwest

Storm in the Sierra Nevada foothills this weekend

Rare snow blankets Seattle, canceling flights and wreaking havoc

Almost 20 million people in the Northwest are under storm alerts Saturday morning as one to two more inches of snow are expected to fall in Seattle, according to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink.

It's only the fourth time the area has seen 6 inches of snow since 1991. The wind gusts could reach anywhere from 20-30 miles per hour in the Seattle area, while the northern Puget Sound and Olympics region could see gusts of 60 miles per hour. But unlike the storm earlier this week, foothill residents should not expect much precipitation, Bollenbacher said. They took cover behind picnic tables and used sleds as shields. There is a winter storm warning in effect beginning at noon PST for portions of northwest and west central Washington, including Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Bremerton, Bellevue, North Bend, Redmond, Kent, Port Angeles, Sequim, Oak Harbor, and Mount Vernon, according to the NWS.

Snow was tapering off in western Washington by mid-morning Saturday, but enjoy the quick break before another system moves in.

By 4 a.m. PT Saturday, the airport had 7.2 inches of snow, and it was still falling.

The National Weather Service's update on the expected snow fall in Seattle and the surrounding areas.

The Washington Department of Transportation suggested that anyone who could work from home or leave work early do.

A 2017 snowstorm made travel hard in Portland. There's more snow expected later in the week as well.

A strong winter storm moving across the Rocky Mountains is expected to bring moderate to heavy snow and strong wind to parts of eastern Idaho on Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. "If a power line falls on you while you are in a auto, stay in the vehicle and call 911".

Autumn Sang was at a mobbed grocery store in Tualatin, Oregon, on Friday stocking up for the coming storm for herself and her neighbor, who is disabled and doesn't have a vehicle.

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