Pacific Northwest Facing More Snow

SHORELINE, Wash., Nov. 8 (UPI) — The northwest United States and British Columbia, Canada, will face additional snowfall in the wake of a major storm, meteorologists said Sunday. said the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia are facing heavy snowfall thanks to a storm above the Gulf of Alaska that is expected to send rain and snow into the region for days to come.

While snow levels in the Cascade Mountains could drop to 2,500 feet during the snowfall, some lower elevations in the area are facing as much as 12 inches of accumulation.

The Seattle Times said parts of Washington will also face wind gusts of as much as 50 mph through Monday as part of the ongoing series of heavy storms that began last Thursday.

The storms resulted in two Cascade Mountain passes being closed temporarily on Saturday due to heavy snow and a third pass closing because of avalanche danger.

The inclement weather was also blamed for an accidental death in Shoreline, Wash. The Times said 32-year-old Patrick R. Duff died after being struck Thursday night by a tree limb broken off by a heavy gust of wind.

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