Winter Storm Warning for Sierra Starts Friday

Winter storm to hit eastern Idaho this weekend

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 National Weather Service says the break will last through the first half of Sunday.

Almost 20 million people in the Northwest are under storm alerts Saturday morning as one to two more inches of snow are expected to fall in Seattle, according to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink.

Elsewhere, more than 148,000 customers were without electricity in MI following days of freezing rain. A third round of snow is possible on Thursday. The Consumers Energy utility said power would be restored by late Sunday.

In February, 10.6 inches of snow fell in Seattle, which is the snowiest since 13.1 inches in 1949.

Forecasters say Boise will get 1 to 3 inches of snow during the three-day storm, while the Foothills are expected to get 4 to 5 inches.

A warning to travelers in Owyhee County and southern Twin Falls County: On Saturday night and Sunday morning, wind gusts of 20 to 35 miles per hour could cause blowing snow and affect visibility, forecasters say.

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Throughout western Washington, officials urged people to stay off the roads as traffic slowed to a standstill in some places because of the snow.

At Sea-Tac, 223 outgoing and incoming flights were canceled and 298 were delayed Saturday, according to Flight Aware through 3 p.m.

About 180 people spent the night at an emergency shelter set up at Seattle Center, with officials going out again on Saturday to get other homeless residents to safety.

Snowfall from Sunday and Monday lingered into the week as below-freezing temperatures gripped the area.

Autumn Sang was at a mobbed grocery store in Tualatin, Oregon, on Friday stocking up for the coming storm for herself and her neighbor, who is disabled and doesn't have a auto. After that, forecasters will be focused on a "quick, nearly clipper like system" that will likely bring more snow.

Sang said she had never seen the store so crowded.

"I love it. I'm excited about it", she said of the snow. "If you don't have to go out, don't go out'".

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