Seattle and western Washington state have been hit by a storm that has dropped several inches of snow.
Jan. 19, 2012 A Delta Air Lines plane is sprayed with de-icing fluid before takeoff at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. On the heels of heavy snow that fell Wednesday, the western Washington region was hit with an ice storm Thursday that closed runways at the airport and stranded hundreds of travelers as flights were delayed or canceled.Ted S. Warren/AP
A major winter storm has struck the Pacific Northwest, producing 4 to 6 inches of snow in Seattle, but over a foot in nearby Olympia. And in the Cascades, several feet of snow have accumulated since the weekend. Meanwhile, the Oregon coast has been battered by winds gusts to around 100 mph and seas of 25-35 feet.