Extreme weather in the United States is followed by cold temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and heavy snowfall in the mountains to the north. California And Nevada.
Emergency warming camps were opened throughout Oregon And temperatures in western Washington plummeted to teenagers (below zero in centigrade) and forecasts for the Arctic eruption to last several days.
Sunday’s snowfall in the Pacific Northwest from the Gulf of Alaska poured up to six inches (15 cm) across the Seattle area.
Seattle’s minimum temperature on Sunday was -6.7C (20F), according to the National Weather Service, which broke the 1948 mark. Bellingham was -12.8C, which was three degrees colder than the previous record set in 1971.
State officials in Oregon have declared a state of emergency. In Multnomah County – the homeland of Portland – about half a dozen weather shelters were open. Seattle mayors also opened at least six severe weather shelters starting Saturday and continuing through Wednesday.
In West Seattle, Keith Hughes, of the American Legion Hall Post 160, said his warming center could welcome about a dozen people – its capacity being limited by a shortage of volunteers.
“Volunteers, this is a problem for me and everyone in town, it’s very difficult for Govt to continue,” he said.
Flights were canceled in Seattle, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and elsewhere due to winter weather.
Meanwhile, snowfall in the mountains of Northern California and Nevada Major highways were closed as forecasters warned that traveling in Sierra Nevada would be difficult for several days.
Officials at the Central Sierra Snow Laboratory in Toner Pass, Sierra, on Monday said the snowfall of 179, set in 1970, had broken the snowfall record in December. The record is at 193.7, but more snow is expected.
The Northstar California resort in Truckie closed its mountain operations Monday due to a blizzard. The resort’s Facebook post said there had been 6 feet (1.8 meters) of snow at the ski resort over the past 48 hours.
The search and rescue team is searching for the missing skier who was last seen in the elevator at the resort on Saturday morning, the KCRA said.
In Nevada, freezing winds and blizzards erupted across the northern part of the state on Monday, affecting travel and business, closing Sierra Nevada highways, delaying airport flights and closing state offices.
80 interstate closures from Nevada State Line to Blazer County, California due to poor visibility and heavy snowfall. An avalanche has blocked the state highway connecting the city of Tahoe with some of the ski resorts in the Olympic Valley, and officials have warned motorists to avoid unnecessary travel.
Nevada Governor Steve Sissolak has ordered non-essential civil servants to stay home, except for public safety and repair staff, due to the storm.
Weather and travel advice has been extended to Northeast Nevada and Elco because of the possibility of snowfall and sleet.
Temperatures in western Washington and Oregon were not forecast to rise above freezing until at least Thursday, and forecasts could remain until the weekend, forecasters said.