Winter weather advisory in effect until 9 pm Sunday


8 p.m. Residents of the Pacific Northwest took to neighbourhood hills with skis, sleds or even just laundry baskets Saturday to celebrate an unusual dump of snow in a region more accustomed to winter rain.

The sun was out but the National Weather Service said snow would return late in the afternoon into the evening across the Northwest.

During that time, 3 to 6 inches of snow is anticipating with the possibility of freezing rain mixed in Tuesday night.

With temperatures already in the teens or single digits, meteorologists predict low temperature records could be broken on Sunday.

Over Sunday night, snow was expected to be confined to the mountains, with a "VERY BRIEF" break on Monday morning before another winter system began dropping snow in the Seattle area.

The National Weather Service said additional snow could fall February 9, and another storm was expected early next week.

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In Portland, a tanker truck blocked a ramp for hours after sliding into a vehicle on an interchange between Interstates 5 and 84. In the central part of the state, snow drifts blocked roads and forced the closure of USA 2 and Interstate 90, in addition to causing multiple auto crashes. Inslee declared a state of emergency over the storm.

In the Midwest, more than 148,000 customers lost power in western MI following days of freezing rain. Heavy snow did do some damage in Yosemite National Park, where they got up to two feet in some areas.

In Tacoma, hundreds of people turned out for a snowball fight in a park after someone who lives nearby suggested it on Facebook.

Elsewhere, more than 148,000 customers were without electricity in MI following days of freezing rain. A 59-year-old man died Thursday from exposure at a Seattle light rail station.

Residents in Seattle cleared out grocery store shelves and left work early on Friday afternoon as the storm arrived. Forecasters say the track of the system could still shift and there is a chance some areas could see higher accumulations and some freezing drizzle. The advisory also includes most of the Twin Cities metro.