Upwards of 250,000 homes served by Puget Sound Energy are without power – and some of the outages are expected to last a long as 4 days. Two of the region's other utilities were also reporting outages, bringing the total to about 280,000.
The ice storm is causing road closures and power outages all over the region.
Pierce, Thurston and Northeast King County are hardest hit.
As wet snow melts and then re-freezes, its weight is breaking tree limbs near roads or pulling entire trees out of the ground.