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Massive storm slams WA state

Up to foot of snow slams WA state including Seattle

SEATTLE | January 18, 2012

A massive winter storm slammed the Pacific Northwest Wednesday with some counties in Washington state bracing for as much as a foot of snow, forecasters said.

Meteorologist Jeff Renner told KING-TV, Seattle, that snowfall amounts would vary from as little as 2 inches to as much as 12 inches.

Ahead of the storm, Seattle closed its public schools and airlines canceled flights.

King County Metro Transit canceled up to 30 routes and the Washington State Department of Transportation readied more than 100 snow-response vehicles.

The Washington State Patrol urged drivers to take it slow to avoid accidents and be careful on bridges and elevated roadways.

If they have accident, motorists were told to remain in their cars.

"You become like a bowling pin for other drivers so stay in your car, dial 911, we'll get you," said Trooper Keith Leary.

Meteorologist Dustin Guy of the National Weather Service told The Seattle Times there would be a big difference in snowfall between the northern and southern areas of the state.

The snow began whitening Portland, Ore., late Tuesday evening, spreading northward overnight into Seattle, Accuweather reported.

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