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White highways

Weather Service office, 2007-01-29.

The view from the National Weather Service office in Seattle this morning, Jan. 29, 2008.

Here in Seattle, the ground is merely wet after overnight snow was predicted, but elsewhere the Northwest snow is falling on top of earlier snow, schools are closed, and residents are bracing for more.

As of this writing, there is a heavy snow warning and an avalanche warning for the Cascades and Olympics in Washington and the Cascades in Oregon; a heavy-snow warning for the Columbia River Gorge and higher elevations in northeast Washington; a snow advisory for metro Portland and for Whatcom County, Wash., by the Canadian border; a gale warning for the Pacific Ocean and the Strait of Juan de Fuca; and a small-craft advisory for inland waters, including Puget Sound.

Here are the National Weather Service pages: Seattle and Western Washington, metro Portland, Spokane, Pendleton. A more complete list of weather and travel links can be found on Crosscut’s Newsstand page.

Spokane is getting a particularly strong dose of winter, with a record snowfall over the weekend and more on the way today. In metro Portland, the microclimate made the winter weather tough to characterize. Eighteen inches of snow? Or none? Even Eugene has been buried. On the Kitsap Peninsula, schools are delayed or closed.

Snohomish County‘s suburbs north of Seattle are bracing for snow all week, at least in the higher elevations.

Here are driving tips, if you must venture out and aren’t accustomed to white roads.

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