SEATTLE — A winter storm that swept across western Washington on Sunday brought snow that halted air travel, made roads icy, knocked out power to thousands and sent temperatures plummeting, setting records.
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On the lower end of the spectrum, Seattle received 5 inches of snow while Port Angeles saw a whopping 16 inches. Bellingham got 9.5 inches, Mukilteo 7.3 and Fall City 6.5.
The temperature in Seattle hit a high of 23 on Monday, the coldest day in 31 years. The last time it was this cold? December 29, 1990 when he was 22 years old.
Thousands of people were stranded Sunday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed at SEA throughout the day Sunday. On Monday at SEA, more than 260 flights were canceled, according to FlightAware at 7 p.m.
The snow also knocked out power to some around the strait. As of Monday evening, nearly 2,000 Puget Sound Energy customers were still without power.
According to PSE, the hardest hit areas are in Skagit, Whatcom and Kitsap counties.
Snow and ice continue to cause problems on the road for drivers and cyclists who are brave enough to venture out. King County Executive Dow Constantine ordered Metro to move bus service to the emergency snow network starting Monday, until at least Tuesday, reducing service to about 60 major routes than Seattle and other regions have made snow and ice removal a priority.
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In Pierce and Thurston counties, soldiers responded to 166 collisions, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Robert Reyer. Private Rick Johnson said since snow began to fall in King County on Christmas Day, there have been 184 collisions and a total of 615 other incidents such as cars stuck in snow.
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With anticipation that temperatures will continue to drop below zero, Seattle opened additional emergency shelters Monday evening. Seattle Public Utilities also canceled garbage and recycling collection Monday and Tuesday.
While the snow was a headache for some, it turned into a playground for others, with some sledding, snowboarding and skiing on roads usually occupied by cars.
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