Winter storm warning issued for western Washington

Winter storm warning issued for western Washington

More than a foot of snow (30.5 cm) was recorded in some areas, including on the Olympic Peninsula, in the nation's latest bout of winter weather.

More flight cancellations are expected out of Seattle Saturday. In January and February of 1950, Portland was a winter wonderland for 29 straight days.

There was an unusual sight at the world-famous Pike Place Market in Seattle Saturday morning: about 4 inches of snow on the ground already.

In the mountains, there could be six to 10 inches of snow.

Further inland, some areas of Washington state are reporting 12 to 18 inches of snowfall.

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency, saying everyone in the state should focus on staying safe. "Weather forecasters predict this may be a storm unlike one we've seen in many years".

"This is a ideal morning to bundle up and play in the snow, but stay off the roads if possible", Gov. Jay Inslee wrote on Twitter.

The Seattle Police Department tweeted that additional resources have been dedicated to getting the homeless community to warm shelters.

Those stuck at home are taking a lighter tone to the Seattle area's predicament. The winter storm warning that Environment Canada has made explains that the storm will bring a large area of snow to Northeastern Ontario and areas North of Superior tonight and Friday. Depending on the area the storm is expected to begin at various times throughout Friday.

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Monday afternoon, CNN's Brink said, with the forecast high expected to hit 35 degrees F.

Those temperatures, combined with the wind, could make it feel like it's in the teens Saturday across the Seattle region.

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.