Weekend Snow to Blanket Northwest

By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
February 23, 2014; 6:58 AM ET
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It's shaping up to be a snowy weekend for parts of the Northwest and northern Rockies as waves of snow and cold air move through the region.

Although the highest accumulations will be found in the mountains, snow in the lower elevations can still accumulate enough to cause travel delays in cities such as Spokane, Wash., Billings, Mont., Casper, Wyo. and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Some snow will continue to stretch from Washington to the northern Rockies and Nebraska through Sunday. A steadier snow then looks to move in with the second wave of snow from Sunday afternoon into Sunday night.

Accumulating snowfall will likely stay out of the city of Seattle with much of the precipitation falling as rain. However, some snowflakes may mix in for a time on Saturday night and into early on Sunday morning.

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Folks traveling on I-5 north of Seattle to Bellingham should use caution as several inches of snow lead to reduced visibilities and treacherous travel.

Those heading into the mountains will encounter the heaviest snow from theses waves of precipitation with nearly a foot of snow accumulating in parts of the Cascades and the Rocky Mountains in Idaho.

Most of the snow looks to end for the start of the new week with only a little snow lingering around in the mountains and across southern Montana and northern Wyoming.

Despite the chance of snow ending west of the Cascades, another batch of rain is set to move in for Monday, bringing more rain to Seattle, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; and Medford, Ore.

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