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We've got a nasty situation in the pacific that is a danger for Hawaii on the 10th/11th and a possible danger to California on the 13th as Winter Storm Maya drops major snow in the Pacific Northwest.
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Winter Storm Maya Grinds Seattle's Afternoon Commute to a Halt; Emergency Declared in Washington

Winter Storm Maya arrived in the Northwest Friday, and Seattle residents scrambled to get home.
About 300 flights in and out of Sea-Tac have been canceled for Friday and Saturday.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency as the storm arrived.

Seattle and other parts of Washington and the Pacific Northwest felt the full wrath of Winter Storm Maya as heavy snow fell Friday. In Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency as conditions worsened Friday afternoon.

"Weather forecasters predict this may be a storm unlike one we've seen in many years," the governor said in the release.

Snow had started to fall on Washington's Olympic Peninsula and in the higher terrain elsewhere. Along the Olympic Peninsula, towns that hardly see a few inches of accumulating snow per season picked up a foot or more in one day.

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Flakes begin to fall in the Seattle metro area about 1:30 p.m. local time. As the snow increased in intensity, traffic slowed to a crawl.

Many businesses and schools, including the Seattle, Tacoma and Edmonds school districts, decided to close early Friday in advance of the snow, the Seattle Times reported.

East of Tacoma, a woman fell through the ice on a pond while walking her dog in the city of Edgewood Friday afternoon, according to KOMO News. Emergency crews responded to the scene and pulled her to safety, the report added.

Emergency shelters for the homeless were prepared in Seattle and surrounding King County on Friday, the Seattle Times said in a separate report.

“This is an extreme weather event, and offering shelter is the most important thing we can do right now,” said Will Lemke, spokesman for the Seattle Human Services Department. “Public health and safety concerns remain, but life safety is our primary concern as temperatures plunge and snow falls.”

The storm also had already made an impact on air travel. More than 200 flights into and out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

To the south, residents in Portland packed supermarkets to grab supplies before the snowstorm arrived, and schools canceled weekend activities, according to the Associated Press. Oregonian.

Unusually Strong Hawaii Storm This Weekend May Bring Damaging Winds, Unprecedented Coastal Flooding, NWS Says

An unusually intense storm will hammer Hawaii this weekend with widespread high winds, potentially damaging coastal flooding in unusual locations of the island chain

Hawaii's typically tranquil weather is usually dominated by subtropical high pressure and northeast trade winds, providing plenty of sunshine downwind of the islands

These storms approach the islands from the northwest or west, with moisture-laden south to southwest winds, the opposite of the typical trade winds. Kona storms typically soak most of the islands, including those areas to the west and southwest of the volcanic peaks

This weekend's storm is a strange one. Not quite a classic kona storm

Instead of approaching from the west or northwest, this storm will plunge from south of the Aleutian Islands Friday to near the Hawaiian Island chain

Resembling a cresting wave, strong high pressure building north of the storm will force it to track due south, setting up a blocking pattern known as a Rex block.

The surface low will quickly intensify into the 980s millibars, a central pressure with some typical intense Northeast U.S. coastal storms known as nor'easters.

The upper-level core of this storm may be among the coldest for this part of the central Pacific in the last 40

Given the intensity of this storm, high winds won't simply be pinned to the highest elevations.
strong, possibly damaging north to northwest winds are expected this weekend not simply over the higher volcanic peaks, but also downwind of the mountains, potentially including parts of the Honolulu metro area, and any areas particularly exposed to north to northwest winds. One rough analog to this is the downslope windstorms that occur along the Front Range of the Rockies from Montana to Wyoming and Colorado.

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