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South Puget Sound, Portland Area Getting Worst of Snow Storm

The snow that moved across Washington on Wednesday seems to be heaviest in the southwest corner of the state.

About a foot of new snow was on the ground by 7:30am in Olympia.

The meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service office in Seattle, Brad Colman, said Olympia could break the record of 14 inches of snow in a 24-hour period. Areas south of Olympia could get 20 inches. Colman said, “They’re getting hammered.”

Some other amounts: 15 inches at Napavine, 7″ at Tacoma, 2″ at Sea-Tac Airport, 1″ at Everett.

At the Spokane Weather Service office, meteorologist Colby Neuman said the Palouse would get 6 to 10 inches, the most since 1998. He expected 2 to 4 inches Wednesday in Spokane. Most of the Eastern Washington snow will be south of Interstate 90, with lesser amounts north of I-90.

Meanwhile, high winds have begun hammering parts of the Oregon coast, knocking down trees and causing power outages.

The state Department of Transportation says a portion of U.S. Highway 20 near Toledo was closed because of downed trees.

News outlets reported a wind gust of 110 mph at Cape Foulweather, 99 mph at Cape Blanco, and 69 mph at the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport.

KCST-FM radio in Florence reported 88 mph gusts and power outages in the area. KCST also said a tree fell onto a car and injured a woman.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage.

— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press


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