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It snowed again: the winter storm brings lots of snow, heavy rains for a muddy disaster

by Scott Sistek | KOMONews.com Meteorologist

Heavy snow in Port Orchard (Photo: Brian Geiger)

Current warnings / warnings at 8:45 p.m.

  • Areas of Seattle / Bremerton: Advice on winter weather until 4 a.m. Tuesday for Trace-3 "more snow, mainly away from the water.
  • Everett / Snohomish County, Skagit Co., San Juans, Cascade Foothills, Sekiu area: Winter storm warning until 6 a.m. of Tuesday to 3-9 "of snow (less along the coasts of Everett)
  • Western Whatcom County: Winter Storm Warning until 6 p.m. Tuesday for 5-8 "of snow
  • Hood Canal: Winter storm warning until 4 a.m. for 2-8 "of additional snow
  • Olympic Peninsula: Winter storm warning until Tuesday morning for 1-7 "of snow
  • Bellevue, Tacoma, Olympia area, coast, southwestern Washington have made the transition to rain.

SEATTLE – We're probably ready to wave the white flag of surrender, only it's probably lost in the sea of ​​snow …

The tired of the snow in western Washington gave another icy blow to the stomach on Monday, as the fourth winter storm in a week brought several inches of snow to a region still covered in previous storms, with a perverse transition to rain For some who threaten to turn almost a foot of Snow or more in a slushy mess, harmful.

Dozens of schools closed again on Monday and have already announced the closure of Tuesday. (See complete list >>)

Already some roofed and awning parking lots were collapsing under the combined weight of heavy snow and torrential rain, and the danger extended northward to the Seattle Metro areas as temperatures continued to heat up. Trees and power lines were no better, and around 70,000 people had lost power at 8 p.m. Monday.

In Sequim, a person was seriously injured when an awning collapsed when it was on snow.

Meanwhile, another awning collapsed in a house at 155th Street Court East and 97th Ave Ct E. in the South Hill neighborhood of Puyallup.

The heaviest snow totals until Monday night were in South Sound and the Kitsap Peninsula. Port Orchard and Seabeck reported 9 new inches of snow, while Olympia had 8 and Tumwater had 6.5 inches.

Around the Seattle metropolitan area, snow totals were in the range of 2.5 to 5.5 inches with Queen Anne reaching 5.5 inches.

In the mountains, more than a foot of new snow fell on Monday about two feet that fell on Sunday. A large section of I-90 was closed over the mountains toward central Washington due to splits and dangerous driving conditions.

The snow caused another day of headaches at the Sea-Tac airport, where more than 320 flights were canceled and 240 were delayed, according to FlightAware. 6.1 inches of snow fell at the airport, which gave it 20.2 inches for the month, a record for February at Sea-Tac and the second-most snowy February of all time. It is only the eighth time in recorded Seattle history until 1894 that the city has had 20 inches of snow in a month or more.

Even the ferry service had reduced racing due to snow, with the Edmonds-Kingston route to a boat on Monday night, while the Bainbridge Island route will use only one boat after 11:35 p.m. The last two races of the Coupeville / Port Townsend races were also canceled.

The slippery streets of the current snowstorm and Sunday night snow in Seattle have led Metro to operate on the Emergency Snow Network, which consists of only 60 routes in mostly flat areas with large numbers of users.

But the chaos of the weather did not end at night, as a warm front, probably unaware of the irony of its name, continued to rise slowly across the Puget Sound area, bringing snow to its northern side, but changing to the rain Its south side.

Olympia reported 8 inches of snow the previous Monday, followed by 0.59 "of moderate rain on the heels, which caused a crippling disaster, Eventually, a similar fate awaited those around Seattle, but county areas were expected. from Snohomish to the north will stay in a prolonged period of snow.

Winter storm warnings remained in effect for the Everett / Snohomish County area, Skagit County, San Juans, the Eastside slopes, the Hood Canal area and the northern Olympic peninsula to continue snow during the night until the early hours of Tuesday morning. The total accumulations of snow are generally from 3 to 9 inches, maybe less in the Olympic Peninsula.

Winter weather warnings were in effect for the Seattle and Bremerton / Kitsap counties until 4 a.m. Tuesday for another Trace-3 ", especially away from the water, as well as in Island County and the Pt. Townsend area.

The Tacoma South and Eastside areas have changed to rain. It will be a soft and soggy night.

As the rain and snow diminish on Tuesday morning, the focus will be on the aftermath and the great melting will start when temperatures reach 40 years. Some areas have more than a foot of snow from the combined snowstorms of the weekend, with areas in South Sound and Kitsap Peninsula reporting up to 16-24 inches in the ground.

Crews are pressing residents to make sure storm drains are clear of snow, so that puddles and floods do not occur, and to try to clean as much snow as possible from roofs and carports / awnings.

Long-term forecasts suggest a continuous cool climate, but a moderation of the recent freeze. High levels should rise to the low 40s with minimum levels around or below freezing, which means that subsequent storms should be good snow producers in the mountains, but they will be warm enough to maintain snow levels in the mountains. most of the lowlands.

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