A weather system, similar to the one that dumped snow on the region earlier this week, is expected to hit on Friday, potentially bringing more days of canceled classes, snow on the ground and road issues next week.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport reported 6.4 inches of snow Friday and 7.9 inches by 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.
Seattle's average high at this time of year is 49 degrees, Brink said.
It was the second-largest snowfall recorded in one day in the past 20 years, only exceeded by 6.8 inches on January 18, 2012, according to the NWS.
The record for most snowfall in one day in the Seattle area is 21-1/2 inches on February 2, 1916.
More than a foot of snow (30.5 cm) was recorded in some areas, including on the Olympic Peninsula.
Along the coastline, 3 inches of snow could fall. Eighteen inches were tallied in Agnew, 16 inches in Sequim and 11 inches in Port Orchard.
Seattle has only had seven different snow events totaling a foot or more since 1894.
"This pattern really is not going to change over one or two weeks", DeFlitch said.
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More than 15 million people across the Western United States were under winter storm alerts Saturday morning, according to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink. Near whiteout conditions are expected in higher elevations are expected at times.
"There's a potential for more snow next week", Parker said.
More storms are on the way for much of next week. "I encourage everyone to stay off the roads if possible and plan ahead if you must travel".
Residents are also dealing with gusty winds and cold temperatures.
The Olympia Symphony Orchestra said its show will go on Sunday afternoon, but patrons who do not want to drive in the snow may call the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Box Office to exchange their ticket for a seat for either the March 17 or April 28 concerts.
Wintry winds from the Fraser River Valley in Canada are expected to blow into the Puget Sound region at around 20 to 35 miles per hour. The windchill would feel like it's in the teens.
Officials say the combination of falling, blowing and drifting snow may lead to hard travel conditions across the region due to snow covered roads and reduced visibility.
The Interstate-5 corridor, including Siskiyou Summit in OR, will be hard to use.
Snow began falling north of Seattle with some areas recording 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow before it made its way south and enveloped the city.