Seattle Under Ice

    A Metro bus drives under a canopy of snow-covered trees in Pioneer Square Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, in Seattle. As snow started falling on Seattle Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service scaled back the amount expected in western Washington but said it would still be a significant event. The total in the city would likely be 3 to 6 inches, meteorologist Dustin Guy says. More is likely in southwest Washington, 4 to 8 inches, while less is expected in the northwest interior, 1 to 2 inches. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

    Washington state had a little bit harder time digging out Thursday when an ice storm hit—on top of the snow that fell at rates of up to an inch an hour in some parts of the state. Officials said up to 100,000 homes and businesses had lost power, and downed trees could cause some to be without power in the freezing temperatures until Saturday. The National Weather Service issued a storm warning for much of the area that is expected to lift around noon, but Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is enduring a temporary shutdown, and the dicey conditions caused a semi truck to roll on Interstate 5 in the early hours of the morning. Seattle’s forecast calls for freezing rain through the morning and up to an inch of fresh powder later in the day.

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