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Snowstorm Wallops Seattle Area

Photo courtesy KIRO television Photo courtesy KIRO television

SEATTLE (AP) - From Olympia, Wash., to the Oregon coast, schools are closed, roads are clogged with snow and hundreds of accidents and dozens of flights have been canceled as a winter system batters the Pacific Northwest.

With a foot of snow already blanketing Washington's capital, meteorologist Brad Colman says Olympia could break its record of 14 inches of snow in a 24-hour period.

Tacoma had about 7 inches of snow for the morning rush hour. Seattle had compact snow and ice on roads for commuters.

Heavy snow has been falling in Washington's mountains with up to 2 feet of fresh snow expected by Thursday.

Forecasters say Southeast Washington also is getting a good shot of snow with 6 to 10 inches expected in the Palouse.

Colman says rain will return Friday and Saturday, but warmer weather could lead to icy conditions, and Seattle officials are urging people to find and clear street storm drains that could get clogged and cause severe flooding.

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