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By The Associated Press
Gov. Jay Inslee declared the State of Washington's state of emergency, and stated that everyone in the state must focus on security, as a warning of a winter storm from Friday to Saturday at 16:00 clock in force. PST.
"Predictors predict that this may be a storm, unlike what we've seen for many years," he said.
Snow fell north of Seattle. Some areas recorded 8 inches of snow before finding its way south, including the city.
Many businesses closed early so workers could come home.
According to US energy utility Puget Sound Energy, more than 50,000 customers were out of power on Saturday.
From 9am PST On Saturday, the FlightAware flight tracking site, more than 180 flights were canceled at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
In California, more than 120 visitors and employees were rescued after being snowed for five days in a resort in the Sierra Nevada.
Up to seven feet of snow had captured the guests and staff on Sunday in Montecito Sequoia Lodge in the Kings Canyon Nation al Park, US Forest Service spokesman Alicia Embrey, said:
Crews had to drive a snowmobile to get to the Lodge in the mountains east of Fresno. Heavy equipment and crews then cleaned more than 20 fallen trees and 8 miles of snow on the road that led to the lodge, allowing guests and staff to leave the property on Thursday night.
Another winter storm was on the way to the region. [Yosemite National Park] has damaged up to 50 residential buildings near Half Dome Village this week from trees that were toppled during a blizzard.
More than 160 employees were hired to provide food, accommodation and other services to visitors.
More than 148,000 customers had no electricity in Michigan after days of freezing rain. The utility said power would be restored late Sunday.
In Seattle, officials urged people to stay out of the streets, as traffic stopped in some places because of the snow.
"No matter where you assume it will take a very long time," said the Washington Department of Transportation (19459029) on Twitter .
Schools and colleges had canceled classes before the storm, which was expected to bring 6 inches of snow. Many flights were canceled or delayed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The snowfall on Sunday and Monday continued during the week, when the area was hit by freezing temperatures. A 59-year-old man died Thursday at an open-air station in Seattle.
Additional shelter was opened by city and district officials. The city focused on people ready to step in, said Will Lemke, spokesman for the Seattle Human Services Department, to the Seattle Times.
"This is an extreme weather event, and the most important thing is to provide protection." He said.
Forecastors said Portland, Oregon, could get up to 4 inches of snow later in the day, two more blizzards expected to hit the city next week.
Inhabitants in Portland and Seattle, two cities where winter rain is more prevalent than snow, dumped the grocery shelves and waited in long rows to buy shovels and de-icers.
Autumn Sang was in a mobbed store on Friday in Tualatin, Oregon for the coming storm for herself and her neighbor, who is disabled and has no car.
Sang said she had never experienced the store so fully grew up in southern Oregon, where snow is more common, and was not shaken by the prediction.
"I love it. I'm excited, "she said over the snow," I think the Portlanders, most of them are city dwellers, and they come from many different places, so they're not used to it. It's like, "Use your brain! If you do not have to go out, do not go out." "