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In case you missed it: Record snow blankets Seattle; Search for survivors continues after deadly Kashmir avalanche

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
February 15, 2019, 3:08:10 PM EST


Seattle was hammered with snow over the weekend, setting up the largest snowstorm in two years for the city.

Snow totals ranged from 6-10 inches in the area, including 7.9 inches of snowfall recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, as the storm dumped heavy snow along the coast of Washington and Oregon.

Tens of thousands of people lost power during the storm, which triggered major travel disruptions, including hundreds of canceled flights and the closure of a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in central Washington due to spin-outs and poor visibility.

Another round of snow blasted the area early in the workweek. It was the third storm to hit Seattle this month, making February of 2019 the snowiest month in Seattle in more than 50 years.

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A pedestrian crosses a street where a foot or so of snow is turning to slush Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2019, in Seattle. Tens of thousands of people were without power in Washington state and there were concerns about flooding as snow turned to rain in many parts of the Pacific Northwest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


An elderly man was seriously injured when he was trapped under an awning that collapsed at his home near Sequim, Washington, Monday morning.

The Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland) in Washington state recorded the most February snowfall since 1916 with a total of 16.5 inches, according to KEPR TV.

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Gina Nakamura skis past a nearly life-size snow sculpture of an orca whale as downtown is just visible in a light snow Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Seattle.

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As the snow-covered city is seen behind, Cami Marinella tosses a snowball toward her friend Andre Santana from atop the open-air observation deck of the Space Needle, Monday, Feb. 11, in Seattle.

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A sledder moves aside as traffic heads downhill in heavy snow falling Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Seattle.

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A pedestrian walks near the Amazon Spheres as snow falls Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in downtown Seattle, Washington.

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Howard Garton, who wears a fin on his back and hails as "OrcaMan," races his personal water craft past a Washington state ferry in Elliott Bay Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Seattle.

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A snowflake lands on Joshua Blau's eye as he tries to catch them in his mouth while heavy snow falls Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Seattle.

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Pedestrians walk near Pike Place Market as snow falls Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in downtown Seattle, Washington.

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Pedestrians share an umbrella as heavy snow falls Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Seattle, Washington.

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Snow falls around the statue of Seattle Mariners' legend Ken Griffey Jr., Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in front of T-Mobile Park in Seattle.

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Tracks are left in a still snow-covered and otherwise unused parking lot Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Seattle, Washington.

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A group of friends explores near a nearly life-sized snow sculpture of a sea lion Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Seattle.

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Condo owners Suzanne Wittmann, right, and Jennifer Stock clear the sidewalk in front of their building following several more inches of snow that fell overnight Monday, Feb. 11, in Seattle.

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Pedestrians cross a deserted street as heavy snow falls Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Seattle.

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Streets, homes and cars remain snow-covered on one of Seattle's steeper hills, Queen Anne, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

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Heavy snow closed a stretch of Interstate 90 in Washington state near mile marker 34 on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

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The driver of a semitractor-trailer that got stuck in deep, melting snow in a residential neighborhood tries to dig it out with a shovel borrowed from neighbor Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Seattle.

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Kyle Piehowski shovels heavy, wet snow off of the roof of a business that was beginning to flood inside after water was caught under melting snow on the flat roof Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Seattle.

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A U.S. Postal Service vehicle maneuvers up a street turning to slush Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2019, in Seattle.

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A pedestrian crosses a street where a foot or so of snow is turning to slush Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2019, in Seattle.

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

As snow turns to rain, Tricia Axtell skis around Seattle's Green Lake Park Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Seattle.

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Pedestrians huddle under umbrellas in the rain as they walk over snow around Seattle's Green Lake Park Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Seattle.


Snow and ice battered the East Coast this week as well, prompting travel delays and cutting power to 100,000 people.

Disruptive snow and ice blanketed the Midwest, including in and around Detroit and Chicago before spreading into the Northeast from New York City to Boston.

In some areas, freezing rain fell on top of fresh snow, turning roads and sidewalks into sheets of ice.

One woman's profane reaction to the brutal winter weather left Chicago news anchors chuckling.

A rare snow made an appearance in Las Vegas this week as well, surprising residents and visitors.

Temperatures tumbled by at least 20 degrees Fahrenheit in 24 hours, leading to light snow.

This was the first snowfall in the city since a trace of snow fell in December 2015. Las Vegas averages 0.3 of an inch of snow in a year.

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Meanwhile, an intense rainstorm led to a mudslide in Southern California, destroying at least one home.

One woman was hospitalized with injuries but is expected to recover, according to local station ABC7. At least 50 people were forced to evacuate.

A major storm swept through Hawaii this week, leaving one person dead and tens of thousands without power.

The storm, known as a Kona low, brought widespread wind gusts of 40-60 mph across the islands, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The Associated Press reported that one man died after getting stuck in rough seas in Napili Bay, off northwestern Maui, this past Friday. Another person was seriously injured after being hit by a falling utility pole.

The winds toppled trees and power lines, leaving nearly 30,000 customers without power on the Big Island for a time on Sunday, according to Hawaii Electric Light.

Across the globe, at least 10 people were killed in a Himalayan avalanche this week following heavy snow in the Kashmir region.

Three people were rescued alive, and rescuers continue to dig desperately to find survivors. Many of the victims were police officers because the snow slide hit a police post.

The snowfall has cut off the region, closing the airport and roads. For now, the rescuers are able to search for more people, as weather permits.

Beijing was blanketed by snow this week, only the second snow of the season.

The snow, which accumulated less than 2.5 cm (1 inch) across much of the city and surrounding areas, still caused some travel disruptions.

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A couple takes a selfie with Tiananmen Gate as snow falls in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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