Emergency declared in US state as major snow storm causes flight disruption
February 11, 2019 | 1:57 PM
by Times News Service
Photo: Sea-Tac airport/Twitter

Muscat: An unprecedented snow storm has hit the US State of Washington, resulting in major travel disruptions and the declaration of a state of emergency by authorities.

Alaska Airlines said in an advisory, "With a new winter system on the way, additional snow is expected in Seattle and Portland Sunday evening through Tuesday morning. We are extending our flexible travel policy through Monday."

State-wide carrier United Airlines issued a winter travel waiver, stating, "We have issued travel waivers for the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast due to anticipated winter weather."

Meanwhile, schools will be closed.

The Seattle Public School System stated, "All schools closed tomorrow, Monday, February 11, due to inclement weather. Students should not report to school. There will be no preschool or Head Start classes."

In his emergency declaration, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee said, "Everyone in our state needs to focus on preparing for the snow and staying safe."

"Weather forecasters predict this may be a storm unlike one we've seen in many years. I encourage everyone to stay off the roads if possible and plan ahead if you must travel," he added.

"Our winter storm has more in store. We’re expecting a cold night and more snow and ice ahead. Thousands are without power and more roads will become impassable in the coming days,” he said.

Despite the effects of the storm, residents are making the most of the situation.

Images posted on social media showed police officers comically taking statements from snowmen, residents coming together for snowball fights, and others enjoying some quality time with family and friends.

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