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Live updates: Blizzard conditions shut down 20-mile stretch of I-90 in central Washington – AccuWeather.com

As of 10:45 a.m. PST, this story is no longer being updated. For a recap of the snowstorm, click here.


A potent winter storm is causing major disruptions to travel and daily routines across the Northwest, including the Seattle metro area.

“Heavy snow can be expected through Saturday morning as a storm continues to dive southward and parallel the Washington and Oregon coastlines,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said.

Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Friday ahead of the snowstorm.

Travel could be difficult to impossible across parts of the Interstate-5 corridor, including Siskiyou Summit in Oregon.

“Travel will be dangerous through Saturday as roads will be entirely snowcovered,” Rossio said.

Travel may be difficult to impossible over Donner Summit, California, along I-80 at the height of the storm. Motorists should check on the situation before venturing out on their journey.

“The cold will also be dangerous for those who are not acclimated. Temperatures through Saturday night will run 10-20 degrees below normal,” Rossio said.

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As of 10:45 a.m. PST, this story is no longer being updated. For a recap of the snowstorm, click here.


10:35 a.m. PST Saturday:

Below is a list of updated approximate amounts across the Seattle area. Agnew, Washington received 18 inches of snow.


8:45 a.m. PST Saturday:

As of Saturday morning snowfall reports are as high as 8 inches in some areas of Washington.


7:30 a.m. PST Saturday:

As residents across Washington continue to report snow amounts, a total of 21.5 inches was reported in the Port Angeles foothills.

6:45 a.m. PST Saturday:

Officials have shut down a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 90 east of Ellensburg due to blowing and drifting snow and poor visibility.

“Winds gusting to 30-40 mph across most of Washington will cause blowing and drifting of snow to continue, especially east of the Cascades, on Saturday,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.


6:30 a.m. PST Saturday:

The latest number of customers without power stands at more than 41,000 in Washington, according to poweroutage.us. Most of those waking up in the dark are in Thurston County.

6:14 a.m. PST Saturday:

It is not just falling snow clogging roads across the Northwest. Gusty winds will continue to howl across most of Washington and northwestern Oregon on Saturday, leading to blowing snow. That can cause reduced visibility and cover roads that were previously cleared by crews.

5:52 a.m. PST Saturday:

Latest snowfall reports from the Seattle area include 8.0 inches near Renton, 6.5 inches at Vashon Island and 5.0 inches at Kirkland.

5:22 a.m. PST Saturday:

A total of 7.2 inches of snow has been measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The last snowstorm to bring this much snow slammed the airport in February 2017, when 7.1 inches was recorded.

More than 150 flights have been canceled so far this Saturday at Sea-Tac, according to FlightAware.

3:25 a.m. PST Saturday:

Power outages are mounting across Washington, with nearly 40,000 customers now without electricity, according to poweroutage.us.

This number is expected to keep rising throughout the morning as heavy snow and gusty winds continue across the state.


3:00 a.m. PST Saturday:

Anyone who must head out on the roadways this morning should be prepared for slow travel due to snow-covered, slippery roadways. Local law enforcement is advising people to stay at home if they can.

Traffic conditions are slow across much of Washington as a snowstorm continues to pound the region. (Image/Google)


2:30 a.m. PST Saturday:

Gusty winds are causing snow to blow and drift across Washington. In Spokane, a wind gust of 31 mph was reported in the past hour.


1:30 a.m. PST Saturday:

The 6.4 inches of snow that fell at Seattle-Tacoma Airport on Friday smashed the daily record of 2.9 inches from 2014.

Several more inches of snow can accumulate in the city through Saturday morning.



12:25 a.m. PST Saturday:

Seattle recorded 6.4 inches of snow on Saturday, which set a new daily record and was the second most snowfall in a single day in the past 20 years, according to the National Weather Service. The city’s highest single day snowfall in the past 20 years stands at 6.8 inches from Jan. 18, 2012.

Local law enforcement is urging people to stay home and off the roads as the winter storm continues.


12:00 a.m. PST Saturday:

Wind gusts have been as high as 55 mph at Bellingham International Airport in Washington.

Nearly 16,000 customers are without power in the state, with most of the outages occurring to the southwest of Seattle, according to poweroutage.us.


11:10 p.m. PST Friday:

Visibility is down to one-half of a mile at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as snow continues to fall.


9:55 p.m. PST Friday:

Conditions continue to deteriorate on the roadways across Seattle as snow continues to fall. Between 3 and 5 inches of snow has been reported across the city so far from the storm.


8:40 p.m. PST Friday:

A polar plunge fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Washington that was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, has been moved to Feb. 23 because of the weather conditions.


5:15 p.m. PST Friday:

The heaviest snow in the Seattle Metro area is impacting I-5, I-405, SR-167 and SR-18.

Snow will continue to push east toward Snoqualmie Pass over the next couple of hours.


3:30 p.m. PST Friday:

There are reports of accidents and traffic on Highway 101 west of Morse Creek in Clallam County, Washington.

Officials urge motorists to stay off the roadways. Multi-car pileups can quickly turn a large roadway into a parking lot of smashed vehicles and twisted metal.


2:45 p.m. PST Friday:

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in preparation of the winter storm.

Officials are encouraging everyone to avoid traveling due to bad road conditions.


1:30 p.m. PST Friday:

Heavy snow is falling in Tacoma, Washington, which is causing slick travel and traffic on Interstate 5.


11:30 a.m. PST Friday:

Pierce County, Washington, allowed employees to leave work early today, so they are able to get home before road conditions deteriorate.

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