Residents in Portland and Seattle, two cities where rain is more common than snow in the winter, emptied grocery store shelves and waited in long lines to buy shovels and de-icer. The forecasting models are not in agreement on the track of the low-pressure center, but the National Weather Service says it's likely to produce significant snow somewhere across the Upper Midwest late Monday and into Tuesday. Snowfall amounts will range from an inch to 3 inches (2.5 centimeters to 7.6 centimeters) through Sunday night.
Forecasters said Portland, Oregon, could get up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow later in the day, with two more snowstorms expected to hit the city next week.
Meanwhile, cold temperatures are expected in the region overnight Saturday, with temperatures dropping to 15-20 degrees and the wind chill in the single digits. Meteorologists say low temperature records could fall Sunday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) It's a tall order as Michael Delbridge, left, Dre Spliffman and three other friends gathering more material construct a snowman beneath Hammering Man in front of the Seattle Art Museum in Washington on Feb 9, 2019.
The National Weather Service said gusts hit 40 miles per hour (64 kph) in some areas, and authorities said residents on the islands' north shores should be prepared for coastal flooding.
In California, more than 120 visitors and staff members were rescued after being snowbound in a Sierra Nevada resort for five days.
"Snow conditions are worsening minute to minute, so don't expect travel conditions to improve", the Grant County, Wash., sheriff's office wrote. The Consumers Energy utility said power would be restored by late February 8. She grew up in southern OR, where snow is more common, and wasn't fazed by the forecast. It's like, 'Use your brain!