With the Space Needle in the background, Lynne Wyllie tosses a snowball in a downtown Seattle park. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
A grizzly bear at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle shakes off snow. (Kirsten Pisto / Woodland Park Zoo)
Motorist Heather Wilson waits for a tow truck after sliding into a guardrail on an Interstate 5 onramp in Tukwila, Wash., just south of Seattle. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)
Sledders, skiers, snowboarders and pedestrians take over a snow-covered street in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Lucas Fletcher glides down Kite Hill in Seattle. (Alan Berner / Seattle Times)
The Washington state Capitol is covered with snow on Wednesday in Olympia. A widespread snowstorm walloped western Washington on Wednesday, with the heaviest blow missing Seattle and hitting the Olympia area, causing accidents, closing schools and canceling flights at Sea-Tac airport. (Rachel La Corte / Associated Press)
Collin Beritich shovels snow off the roof of the Frisko Freeze hamburger stand Wednesday in Tacoma. A winter storm blasted the Pacific Northwest Wednesday, dumping near-record snow in some areas, hammering parts of Oregon with winds as high as 110 mph and bringing much of the region to a standstill. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
Walla Walla, Wash.
A large snowman looks over his wintry domain below the berm in Pioneer Park on Wednesday morning after the first significant snowfall of the season blanketed Walla Walla overnight. A winter storm blasted the Pacific Northwest, dumping near-record snow in some areas, hammering parts of Oregon with winds as high as 110 mph and bringing much of the region to a standstill. (Matthew Zimmerman Banderas / Walla Walla Union-Bulletin)
A jogger runs through Wright Park in the snow on Wednesday in Tacoma. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
Snow flies off the wheels of a Jeep along I-405 near Renton, where compact snow covered the highway. (Steve Ringman / Seattle Times)
Carter Morse, 11, a student at Franklin Elementary School, enjoys the winter snow sledding at Franklin Park iin Vancouver, Wash. The Vancouver School District closed schools because of snow. (Troy Wayrynen / The Columbian)
A snow-covered vehicle sits next to an abandoned house Wednesday in Caldwell. The storm that moved into the area Wednesday brought with it the first measurable snowfall of the season for southwest Idaho. (Charlie Litchfield / Idaho Press-Tribune)
A pedestrian walks through the snow on Wednesday in Caldwell. (Charlie Litchfield / Idaho Press-Tribune)
Oregon City, Ore.
A crushed automobile is shown in a driveway of a home after a tree toppled Wednesday in Oregon City. Western Oregon woke up to rain and slush instead of significant snow accumulations, but a storm that moved in overnight left thousands without power. The winter weather brought 2 to 4 inches of snow to the region overnight, but temperatures warmed and it changed to rain, leaving a slushy mix on roads and trees. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)