Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Rochester Area Could See Three Rounds of Snow Starting Sunday

Rochester Area Could See Three Rounds of Snow Starting Sunday

Starting early on this Sunday morning we are experiencing temperatures in the upper 20s and lower 30s with wind chill values in the teens. The storm obscured the famous Space Needle and left a blanket of snow over some very iconic locations, like Pike Place Market.

That hasn't stopped Seattle's dogs from making the most of the surprise snow day. As many as 50 housing structures were damaged near Yosemite National Park by toppled trees during a snowstorm.

An expected 2 feet to 4 feet (0.6 meter to 1.21 meters) from Sunday through Wednesday in the Cascades could be welcome to skiers and snowboarders, Will Ahue, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland, told The Oregonian.

In Tacoma, hundreds of people turned out for a snowball fight in a park after someone who lives nearby suggested it on Facebook. The Consumers Energy utility said power would be restored by late Sunday.

Other parts of the country were also wrestling with hard weather.

The storm will arrive overnight Monday into Tuesday with flurries before snow becomes steadier sometime around 8 a.m. Snow will change to freezing rain at times after noontime before changing back to snow and then to sleet and rain as the high temperature climbs just above the freezing mark excepts areas farthest north.

About 50,000 residents are said to have lost power across the state, USA media report.

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.

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency, saying everyone in the state should focus on staying safe.

Autumn Sang was at a mobbed grocery store in Tualatin, Oregon, on February 8 stocking up for the coming storm for herself and her neighbor, who is disabled and doesn't have a vehicle.

Climate scientist Cliff Mass warns of a storm bigger than anything we've seen this week for Tuesday, labeling it "the Big Kahuna of snow". The advisory also includes most of the Twin Cities metro.

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