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Buried in snow, Puget Sound region braces for the ‘Big Kahuna’

Snow at Thornewood Castle. (Randy Foley)

Seattle Public Schools, among other districts around Western Washington, issued a closure alert for Monday, Feb. 11, as snow began to fall on Sunday.

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The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Advisory for most of Western Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, in effect through 4 a.m. on Monday. A Winter Storm Watch begins after that and lasts through Tuesday afternoon.

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.” According to him, parts of the region could be measuring snow in feet.

KIRO 7’s Morgan Palmer agrees with Mass on the week’s possible storm, calling for a “potentially significant” snow storm Monday afternoon through Tuesday, with “major accumulation.”

The National Weather Service says accumulations in Seattle could range between 4 and 8 inches, while areas north of Seattle — largely in Snohomish County — could be hit by 9 to 12 inches.

More snow fell Sunday, for what Palmer described as a “quick-hitting snowstorm.” Accumulations range between 1 and 4 inches.

Power outages struck across the region, hitting Puget Sound Energy customers the hardest.

Puget Sound Energy12,000 customers
Seattle City Light: 6 customers
Snohomish County PUD: 0 customers
Tacoma Public Utilities: 3 customers

Seattle has a website dedicated to the snow storm with information on the city’s response. For information on warming shelters for homeless, there’s a running list here.

For continuing updates on snow throughout the weekend, stay tuned here:

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