PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Snow, ice and shivering cold blasted normally mild cities from Seattle to Las Vegas to San Francisco on Tuesday.
Winter storms have been hitting the West for several days and brought a surprise dusting to peaks overlooking San Francisco. It was the city’s first notable snow in eight years. Snow also piled higher at ski resorts, closing runs in Lake Tahoe and the California mountains as snow reached 7 to 10 feet since Saturday.
In the Pacific Northwest, lows plunged into the teens in Seattle. Unusual snow fell a day earlier, causing crashes and canceling flights.
Rare snow and cold also walloped Portland, Oregon, where it shut schools and left some higher elevation roads slick.
Mammoth Mountain Resort reported 10 feet of snow since Saturday and closed all but a few trails. Yosemite’s ski area also shut down.
Montana residents braved the third day of subzero temperatures and biting wind chill.
Wind and fresh snowfall led officials to warn of high avalanche danger in southwestern Montana near Yellowstone National Park. Additionally, an avalanche warning was in place for the Centennial Mountains in eastern Idaho.
For much of the rest of Montana, officials warned of wind chills between 20 and 35 degrees below zero through Wednesday.