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UPDATE: Seattle gets blanketed by half a foot of snow — and there's more to come Sunday

4:03 p.m., 2/10/2019: This story has been updated.

After half a foot of snow on Friday night and additional inches on Saturday, the city is expecting another one to three inches Sunday afternoon, more on Monday and a possible storm on Tuesday.

"The second storm we think will have much more precipitation," Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a press conference Sunday afternoon. "But they're just not sure yet whether it will fall as snow, whether it will fall as freezing rain, whether Seattle will get the brunt of it or whether it will be a little north or a little south."

A state of emergency remains in place in Washington state as snow continues to fall.

Sea-Tac Airport recorded 6.4 inches for snowfall Friday night. The average amount of snow Seattle sees in an entire year? 6.8 inches.

Love the snow, or hate it, residents should prepare for more. The National Weather Service forecasts freezing temperatures and more snow through Monday.

Seattle Public Schools are closed Monday in anticipation of the weather, and city transportation officials are urging people to avoid driving because of icy conditions.

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The Seattle Department of Transportation has 34 snow vehicles working on plowing, salting and de-icing roadways.

Not all roads will be cleared, however — check out the map of the city's priorities here.

Here's what else is going on:

  • On Saturday, the city's Navigation Team canvassed the streets looking for unsheltered people at risk from the frigid cold. They found 124 people living outside and helped 50 get shelter inside, according to the city. On Friday night, the team found 35 people and were able to convince 18 of those to go to a shelter.


  • More than 180 people stayed at the severe weather shelter at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Saturday night. Seattle's City Hall sheltered 124 people; 89 people stayed at the King County Administration Building in downtown Seattle.


  • The city has also set up a 24-hour warming shelter at the Garfield Community Center through Monday; 53 people stayed there on Saturday. For access to a downtown family shelter hosted by Mary's Place and the Human Services Department, call call the King County Coordinated Family Intake Line at 206-245-1026.


  • Officials are asking residents to call 911 if they see someone unsheltered and in distress. There are an estimated 12,000 homeless people on any given night in King County.
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  • On Saturday, Sound Transit reported Link Light Rail operating on its regular schedule, but buses are on snow routes with delays.


  • Nearly 200 flights from Sea-Tac airport were canceled on Friday, with more seeing flight delays of over an hour.
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  • Waste collectors are running trucks on Sunday to "urgent sites like hospitals," according to the city.

The weather didn’t stop Stephen Snyder and his son Ari from going for a run in North Seattle on Saturday morning.

“We like running, we like the snow," Snyder said. "And this is rare in Seattle. We’re from Boston, so we missed it.”

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Snyder didn’t blame Seattle for being overly sensitive to snow and ice conditions.

“The hills are pretty steep," he said. "They don’t build hills that steep in Boston.”

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