Residents in Portland and Seattle who are more accustomed to rain than snow waited in long lines to buy shovels and de-icer. In the central part of the state, snow drifts blocked roads and forced the closure of US 2 and Interstate 90, in addition to causing multiple vehicle crashes.
It was 9 degrees Fahrenheit in Arlington, Washington early on Sunday.
The rest of the week could likely be wet as well, with a chance of rain Wednesday morning and more likely all day Friday and Saturday, according to the weather service. Around 50,000 people lost power. Finally, locations to the south of the Quad Cities near Monmouth and Galesburg will see mainly rain through Monday night.
Temperatures on Sunday will be in the upper 30s to low 40s but winter precipitation arrives late Sunday evening into the overnight.
In addition to snow-packed, slippery roadways, blowing and drifting snow can create whiteout conditions as winds strengthen around the storm.
The National Weather Service is calling for 5 to 8 inches of snow in the areas covered by the Winter Storm Watch. "This is a flawless morning to bundle up and play in the snow, but stay off the roads if possible", he tweeted Saturday.
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More than a foot of snow (30.5 cm) was recorded in some areas, including on the Olympic Peninsula.
Other parts of the country were also wrestling with hard weather.
Word of the friendly battle spread on social media on Friday night and Saturday, as a winter storm that blanketed Washington state with snow moved south into Oregon.
Autumn Sang was at a mobbed grocery store in Tualatin, Oregon, on February 8 stocking up for the coming storm for herself and her neighbor, who is disabled and doesn't have a auto.
"I love it. I'm excited about it", she said of the snow.
Some cities within the region are expected to see as much as three feet of total accumulation through Tuesday, before multiple winter systems pass over the area. It's like, 'Use your brain!