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Millions are bracing for a powerful winter storm that is on track to impact 22 states across the US, bringing heavy snow and ice that's likely to disrupt holiday weekend travel.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said the storm will hit portions of the Central Plains, Upper Midwest and the Northeast though Sunday.
Feet - Snow - Northwest - Wind - Gusts
It has already dropped up to two feet of snow in the Northwest while bringing 80mph wind gusts.
Portions of a road through rural mountain communities northeast of Seattle reopened on Thursday, allowing some supplies into an area that has been without power for days because of a series of winter storms that brought several feet of snow to parts of western Washington.
Power - Outages - Thursday - Towns - Skykomish
Scattered power outages were reported early Thursday, including in and around the small towns of Skykomish and Baring on US Highway 2, which runs across the Cascade Mountain range.
On Wednesday, crews cleared power lines and trees that had fallen across the roadway, allowing some residents who had been without power for nearly a week to leave and for supplies to be brought in.
Scale - Baring - Resident - Charlie - Preston
'On a scale of 1 to 10, it's a 10,' said Baring resident Charlie Preston. 'It's ****.'
But authorities warned it could be several days before power is fully restored to the area about 60 miles northeast of Seattle.
Power - Days - Mayor - Henry - Sladek
'Realistically, I'm not expecting power here for another three or four days,' Skykomish Mayor Henry Sladek told The Seattle Times.
Puget Sound Energy spokesman Andrew Padula said the problem that crews are facing is that as soon as one downed line is repaired, 'another tree comes down and takes it out again because of the heavy snow'.
Washington - Gov - Jay - Inslee - State
Washington Gov Jay Inslee said the state Emergency Management Division brought food, water and fuel to that area between Gold Bar and Skykomish and that they were also offering...
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