Seattle winter snowstorm, causing major disruptions to travel

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Seattle winter snowstorm, causing major disruptions to travel.

A potent winter storm is causing major disruptions to travel and daily routines across 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.

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

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“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.

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“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.

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.

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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.

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