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Seattle receives the most snow in 70 years

​Seattle hit by unusually heavy snowfall

​Seattle hit by unusually heavy snowfall

A winter storm pounded Washington state, forcing the cancellation of 200 flights in Seattle as officials worked to get people off the streets and into shelters during the nation's latest bout with winter weather.

Snow began falling north of Seattle with some areas recording 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow before it made its way south and enveloped the city.

Many businesses closed early so workers could get home.

In pic: A boy carries a sled in the snow in Seattle, Washington.

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Freshly fallen snow

Freshly fallen snow

In California, more than 120 visitors and staff members were rescued after being snowbound in a Sierra Nevada resort for five days.

In pic: Homes are seen covered with freshly fallen snow in Seattle, Washington.

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​Who wants more?

​Who wants more?

Another winter storm was on the way to the region.

In pic: Snow collects on rental bikes parked outside of a library during a storm in Seattle, Washington.

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Large storm blanketed the city

Large storm blanketed the city

In Yosemite National Park, as many as 50 housing structures near Half Dome Village were damaged by trees toppled during a snowstorm earlier this week, displacing more than 160 employees who provide food, lodging and other services for visitors.

Elsewhere, more than 148,000 customers were without electricity in Michigan following days of freezing rain.

In pic: People play on a hill in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood after a large storm blanketed the city with snow in Seattle, Washington.

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​Snow-covered fishing nets

​Snow-covered fishing nets

In Seattle, officials urged people to stay off the roads as traffic slowed to a standstill in some places because of the snow.

Schools and colleges had canceled classes ahead of the storm expected to bring 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) of snow. Scores of flights were cancelled or delayed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

In pic: Fishing nets covered with snow are seen near a shipyard in Seattle, Washington.

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​A woman sleds

​A woman sleds

Snowfall from Sunday and Monday lingered into the week as below-freezing temperatures gripped the area.

In pic: A woman sleds while her dog chases her at Gas Works Park after a large storm blanketed the city with snow in Seattle, Washington.

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​Shelter space

​Shelter space

Additional shelter space opened by city and county officials was filling up.

Forecasters said Portland, Oregon, could get up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow later in the day, with two more snowstorms expected to hit the city next week.

In pic: Two boys build a snowman with their mother in Seattle, Washington.

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​Sold out!

​Sold out!

Residents in Portland and Seattle, two cities where rain is more common than snow in the winter, emptied grocery store shelves and waited in long lines to buy shovels and de-icer.

In pic: A sign at a hardware store warns customers that there is no remaining ice melt, salt, snow shovels, or sleds for sale in Seattle, Washington.

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