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A massive storm is blasting the West Coast. The good news is that worst of the storm will have passed Seattle by today's playoff game at Qwest Field when the Skins battle the Seahawks at 4:30pm ET. Nonetheless, some scattered light rain is possible and it will be windy, with southerly breezes generally around 20mph, but with higher gusts. The wind and the rain should benefit the Redskins, given their ground-oriented attack and Seattle's emphasis on the pass. Temperatures will be in the mid 40s.
Further to the southwest, a dangerous, full-fledged blizzard is impacting the Sierra mountain range. Here's an excerpt from a special weather statement issued by the Reno, NV National Weather Service Forecast Office yesterday advising folks about the risks of leaving home:
IF YOU DO ATTEMPT TRAVEL IN THE SIERRA YOUR CHANCES OF BEING STRANDED FOR MORE THAN A FEW HOURS IS VERY HIGH. REMAIN INDOORS DURING THIS BLIZZARD...EVEN A SHORT WALK OUTDOORS COULD BE DEADLY AS YOU WILL BECOME DISORIENTED IN THE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS.
That office is calling for snowfall rates as high as 6 inches an hour and wind gusts up to 110mph at mountain ridge tops. Snowfall totals in spots will reach 3 to 5 feet
. To put that in perspective, we've only received 3 feet of snow in DC in the last three winters combined (not including this winter).AccuWeather's Jesse Ferrell is compiling
some of the impressive statistics from this storm. Several California mountain passes have recorded wind gusts in excess of 100mph (with an undocumented 152mph report), rainfall amounts have reached 5-10 inches in spots, offshore ocean waves have surpassed 35 feet and snow totals are already being measured in feet.