SEATTLE (AP) — Winter weather pounded a swath of the U.S. West on Monday. The weather closed schools, delayed flights and turned streets into sledding hills in coastal cities like Seattle. Seattle rarely gets much snow.
Montana braced for the threat of avalanches this week. Meanwhile, the Midwest warmed up from a dangerous blast of cold last week that is linked to at least 30 deaths in several states.
Some areas north and east of Seattle got 8 to 10 inches of snow. Temperatures were expected to be 15 degrees below normal this week, with lows in the teens.
More than 200 flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were canceled and over 450 delayed.
The storm created hazardous driving conditions and dangerous wind chills 40 degrees below zero and lower.
The cold closed or delayed schools. Much of western and northern Montana will likely see subzero temperatures until at least Wednesday.
The weather was warmer near Yellowstone National Park, but the fresh snow that fell on the weak snowpack in the mountains near the park led to avalanche warnings.