NW Snowmageddon: 30-foot branch crashes in backyard scrap pile
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NW Snowmageddon: 30-foot branch crashes in backyard scrap pile

Tacoma : WA : USA | Jan 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM PST
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Update: About 9:30 a.m. my husband and I were sitting in our livingroom watching the news together when we heard a loud crash coming from outside our back door. My husband rushed to the see what it was, he said, "Oh crap! A huge branch just fell in the backyard!" We both got our boots on to investigate and were very thankful it hit our scrap pile instead of one of our cars, out buildings, house or neighbors possessions. It crushed a trailer shell like it was cardboard. Needless to say we are thankful all is well and everyone is safe.

Like most people in our neighborhood, we live on over an acre with towering douglas firs circling our yard. Generally when a storm hits we expect some branches in the yard, but this is the biggest that ever fell out of one of our trees. The last storm caused a branch to fall out of one of the trees out front. It damaged our chainlink fence and appeared at if a piano fell out of a 30 story building on to it. Once again we thanked God no one was hurt and it didn't cost us massive money in home or car repairs.

Update: State Trooper Guy Gill said, "There were 95 accidents in an eight-hour period in Pierce and Thurston counties, which include Tacoma and Olympia--most were spinouts."

"You need to pick a rut and stay in it. If you get off the beaten path, you're in deep trouble," Gill said. "I saw a guy in my rear mirror — I saw headlights and tail lights and headlights and tail lights again as he spun around off the road."

The state's capital, Olympia, gained a foot of new snow by early Wednesday morning.

"There's a good chance the snowfall record will be be broken of 14 inches in a 24-hour period, said Brad Colman, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service office in Seattle. Areas south of Olympia could get 20 inches."

Update: According to the Weather Channel, "WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PST THIS EVENING"

Locations affected by the snow storm include: Tacoma, Seattle, Bremerton, Olympia, Shelton, Everett, Aberdeen, Montesano, and Elma.

Snow to continue through this evening. Up to 10 to 20 inches are currently accumulating in the Southwest interior, anywhere from 4 to 8 inches in the lower regions.

Update: Seventy-five flights have been canceled out of Sea-Tac airport as of 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, according Q13 KCPQ News.

Drivers in Western Washington are asked by the state patrol to stay off the roads as it is 30 degrees in most places thereby causing slick, dangerous driving conditions.

Many state and county businesses are closed due to the snow.

Original report: Will the Pacific Northwest break snowfall records? It is a possibility, but there are severe weather warnings all over the area that include avalanches, which could be a factor for concern.

From my facebook feed: Delilah Smith Schreiner ‎"Snowmageddon, baby!" Great quote by a local Washingtonian on the NBC Today's show this morning...(be sure to watch) that's how the Pacific N'west weather is being described. Wow, you guys are getting hit, hard! Stay safe my friends!

Winter storm watches and advisories cover the upper Northwestern corner of the United States.

Schools closed all over Oregon and Washington state as individuals prepare for the worst which is forecast for Wednesday.

Currently, a major storm heads straight for the Pacific Northwest according to the National Weather Service.

A concern in the area looms in the air as severe weather such as this in the past has brought with it fallen trees that can cause death or injury.

Some people's homes have been completely devastated when douglas firs have crashed on to their roofs and into the rooms of their homes.

Weight from the snow and pressure from the wind has brought huge limbs breaking off the trees that have smashed on to cars and fallen across main roads.

Often electricity is lost as the towering giants fall onto power lines.

With over a dozen douglas firs in our yard, it is a stressful time in my household. In our tri-level home, it's certain we'll be sleeping on the lower levels the next couple of days.

KCPQ Fox 13 is reporting a blast of snow will come in and hit almost the whole state of Washington promising to cause a winter wonderland.

The average annual snowfall measured at Sea-Tac Airport, is 8.1 inches--but this could happen in one day or this week!

USA TODAY says, "The weather service placed winter storm watches and warnings for most of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Several feet of snow could fall in the Cascades and northern Rockies, where avalanche danger is high."

Storm systems collide with frigid air coming down from southwest Canada into Washington and Oregon causing heavy snow.

A storm front will blow from the coast of Washington and Oregon and hit hard Wednesday morning and afternoon, with the hardest hit in Western Washington and the Oregon interior.

Snow levels could range anywhere from one inch to 10 feet. Mount Rainier will gain up to 10 feet more snow by Friday.

Some of the snow could change to rain later Wednesday as warmer air blows through.

Sunday brought an unexpected dusting to the two states.

Although snow levels are near sea level now, it will rise significantly Wednesday.

"Snow is beautiful to look at, but it's kind of a hindrance for us to work and commute," said John Lee, 23, who works in Seattle and lives in Mill Creek. "The snowstorm is going to cause a little bit more havoc and chaos on the road."

Interesting political fact: Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nichols' poor response to a snow storm cost him his position.

Washington State Severe Weather Warnings from the Weather Channel include:

Avalanche Warning for:
East Slopes Northern Cascades
East Slopes Of The Washington Cascades
Olympics
Simcoe Highlands
South Washington Cascades
West Slopes Central Cascades And Passes
West Slopes Northern Cascades And Passes

Winter Storm Warning for:
Admiralty Inlet Area
Central Coast
East Puget Sound Lowlands
East Slopes Northern Cascades
East Slopes Of The Washington Cascades
Eastern Columbia River Gorge Of Washington
Eastern Strait Of Juan De Fuca
Everett And Vicinity
Foothills Of The Blue Mountains Of Washington
Hood Canal Area
Kittitas Valley
Lower Chehalis Valley Area
Lower Columbia Basin Of Washington
Lower Garfield And Asotin Counties
Moses Lake Area
North Coast
Northeast Blue Mountains
Northwest Blue Mountains Of Washington
Olympics
Seattle/bremerton Area
Simcoe Highlands
South Washington Cascade Foothills
South Washington Cascades
Southwest Interior
Spokane Area
Tacoma Area
Upper Columbia Basin
Washington Palouse
Waterville Plateau
Wenatchee Area
West Slopes Central Cascades And Passes
West Slopes Northern Cascades And Passes
Western Columbia River Gorge
Western Strait Of Juan De Fuca
Willapa Hills
Yakima Valley

Winter Storm Watch for:
Northeast Mountains

Winter Weather Advisory for:
Greater Vancouver Area
Lower Columbia And I - 5 Corridor In Cowlitz
San Juan
South Washington Coast
Washington Palouse
Western Skagit
Western Whatcom

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