Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Historic winter storm likely to blast Northwest

A potentially historic winter storm is forecast to dump heavy snow across the Pacific Northwest Wednesday, probably wreaking travel havoc in areas not used to so much of the white stuff.

Unlike most Northwest storms, snow may fall even at sea level, including in Seattle and Portland.

As snow started falling on Seattle Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service scaled back the amount expected in western Washington but said it would still be a significant event.

The total in the city would likely be 3 to 6 inches, meteorologist Dustin Guy said. More is likely in southwest Washington, 4 to 8 inches, while less is expected in the northwest interior, 1 to 2 inches.

Seattle and other school districts canceled classes in advance. Transportation department crews have had trucks on the roads spreading sand and deicer.

Several downtown Seattle hotels reported all their rooms were booked. Read More