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Feb 9, 2014 6:48 PM by Monica Gouty

Storm brings heavy rain, snow to Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE (AP) - A weekend storm is disrupting plans across the Northwest U.S., blanketing parts of Washington state with snow, while socking Oregon and California with rain.

Seattle area residents woke up to a rare treat of lowland snow Sunday. Portland city officials for the first time sent out a cellphone alert telling residents to stay indoors after freezing rain turned roads into sheets of ice.

In central Oregon, authorities are investigating whether three deaths are weather related.

The National Weather Service says the first significant storm to hit Northern California in 14 months has produced impressive amounts of rain and snow.

Lake Tahoe's ski resorts have received an average of 3 feet of new snow since Friday, prompting warning of severe avalanche danger.

Parts of the San Francisco Bay Area saw rain and flash flood warnings.

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