Photos: Heavy snow slams Washington and Oregon, triggering major travel disruptions

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The biggest snowstorm since February 2017 slammed Seattle at the start of this past weekend.

Snow totals ranged from 6-10 inches in the area, including 7.9 inches of snowfall recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, as the storm dumped heavy snow along the coast of Washington and Oregon.

Around 4 inches covered Portland, Oregon.

The last snowstorm of this magnitude slammed Seattle early in February two years prior, when the airport recorded 7.1 inches.

More than 60,000 people lost power during the storm, which triggered major travel disruptions including hundreds of canceled flights and the closure of a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in central Washington due to spin-outs and poor visibility.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Friday ahead of the snowstorm.

Additional snowfall has fallen since the Saturday storm, with the February snowfall total at the airport now at 14.1 inches. This makes this February Seattle's snowiest in recorded history, beating out the 13.1 inches that fell during February 1949.

The Seattle area faces another one-two punch of snowstorms into Tuesday.

10 inches of snow in Pallyup, Washington
Snow in Pinehurst, Seattle, Washington - 2/9/19

Snow coats tree branches in the Pinehurst neighborhood of Seattle on Feb. 9, 2019. (Instagram photo/Shannon Pitton/@shantwin55)

Snow in Seattle

Snow in Seattle on Feb. 9, 2019. (Twitter photo/Peter Billing@PBillingMD)


Seattle snow - 2/9/2019

A Seattle resident captures an image of snow covering trees on Feb. 9, 2019. (Instagram photo/Hannah Schnabel @hannielynn1)

Snow in Thurston County, Washington - 2/9/2019

"We have about 8 inches of snow here. More problematic is the ice - cable lines are down all over the neighborhood," a resident of Thurston County, Washington, wrote on social media on Feb 9, 2019. (Instagram photo/@Robin Bond/@diyrobin)


Snow in Seattle, Washington - 2/9/2019