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More Stormy Weather Zaps West

UPDATED 1 AM PST, March 3, 2011

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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The Northwest just can`t shake out of the stormy weather pattern this week and today will be no exception to that rule. On top of the seemingly endless winter storms, another fresh Pacific storm will deliver a one-two punch to the West Coast this weekend.

A powerful low pressure spinning along the British Columbia Coast this morning is sending waves of coastal and valley rain inland while snow brushes the Sierra and Cascades into the Rockies. This pattern will continue into the day while the last day of the work week will bring a break from the snow and rain.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Bay Scroggins has the latest on the next Northwest Pacific storm and dry Florida in this exclusive WeatherBug Video.

That shouldn`t fool westerners as another storm will crash onshore the Northwest Coast late Friday followed by a second one taking aim a little farther south at the northern California Coast late Saturday.

Another 6 to 12 inches will brush elevations above 6,000 feet through midday in the Sierra, 4 to 8 inches for the Cascades, while 8 to 16 inches will blanket the northern Wasatch through Friday and 4 to 8 inches clip the central Rockies above 7,000 feet.

Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect for the Sierra Nevada, Utah`s Wasatch Range and along the Colorado Rockies.

The combination of heavy mountain snow and gusty winds will lead to significantly reduced visibility and travel ramifications along Interstates 15, 80, 84, and 90. Travelers should check with local emergency officials to see if chain requirements are necessary. If you must travel, please allow plenty of distance between you and the next motorist to arrive at your travel destination safely.

Aside from the 3 feet of snow that has blasted the Northwest mountains, winds gusts topped Category Three hurricane strength on Wednesday. An observation station on Mount Baker, Wash., had a gust to 116 mph while another on Hurricane Ridge gusted to 98 mph. Meanwhile, a Live WeatherBug Tracking Station in Tatoosh Island, Wash., had a gust to 79 mph while farther south, another Live WeatherBug Tracking Station reported a gust to 70 mph in Cannon Beach, Ore.

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