Seattle area getting another round of heavy snow -- and more next week

Seattle area getting another round of heavy snow -- and more next week

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.

"The stronger portions of the storm hits Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening, with a winter storm watch up for Reno and the Truckee Meadows where 1-6" of snow is possible through Sunday evening. " ... If heavy snow is falling, there's only so much we can do and it will affect roadways".

More than 12,000 people were without power in Washington state due to snow-related outages.

Seattle has a website dedicated to the snow storm with information on the city's response.

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

Conditions are likely to let up later in the day, but another storm system is expected to push across the area late Sunday.

"Everyone in our state needs to focus on preparing for the snow and staying safe", Inslee said in a statement.

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Seattle Weather Blog reports that Seattle woke up Saturday to its biggest February storm since 1962. Only drivers collecting or delivering bulk milk products or de-icing road salt from FMCSA locations are exempt, the governor said.

Mike Jacobs tweeted that since supermarkets were out of kale thanks to "tiny fluffy balls of icy death", he was going to stay home and guard his supply.

One county official warned the storm could be a "once every decade or two occurrence", CBS News' Carter Evans reported.

Seattle's average high at this time is 49 degrees, Brink said.

More rain and snow are ahead for your weekend.

Marquise Lyons, left, and stepfather Curtis Black make their way down a closed snow-covered residential street January 18, 2012, in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

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