Conditions are likely to let up later in the day, but another storm system is expected to push across the area late Sunday.
There was an unusual sight at the world-famous Pike Place Market in Seattle Saturday morning: about 4 inches of snow on the ground already.
Travel early today to beat our next winter storm that will move into the Sierra this evening and last through Sunday evening with a winter storm warning up.
Another cold storm system is forecast to hit the southern Sierra Nevada this weekend, the likes of which the area has not seen since 1999, according to weather officials. After that, forecasters will be focused on a "quick, nearly clipper like system" that will likely bring more snow. The interior Northeast could experience heavy snow on Tuesday as the winter storm completes its cross-country trek. In the city's Queen Anne neighborhood Friday night, one bus had to bail off its route after it got stuck on a snow-covered street. The NWS advises drivers to take caution if they have to be out on the roads.
Schools and colleges had canceled classes or planned for early release ahead of the storm.
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Snow began falling north of Seattle before noon with some areas recording 8 inches of snow before it made its way south to Olympia and beyond.
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.
The snow is expected to fall at a rate of about two inches per hour at the worst parts of the storm.
Many businesses closed early so workers could get home. If you see a downed power line, keep your distance and report it at 206-684-3000 or 911.
More snowfall is expected Saturday, and officials are prepared.