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Snowstorms sweep across Northwest

A new storm headed into Washington state Wednesday as the region shivered in the aftermath of unusually heavy rain and snow that caused traffic nightmares and power outages.

The stormy weather has been linked to two deaths in Washington, and another snowstorm in Colorado has been blamed for at least five deaths.

Winter storm warnings were issued for today for as much as a foot of new snow in Washington's Cascade Range. One to 6 inches was predicted for the central Puget Sound area, including Seattle, the National Weather Service said.

Additional precipitation could break Seattle's one-month record of 15.33 inches, set in December 1933 when the official reporting station was at the old downtown Federal Building. As of early Wednesday, the Weather Service had recorded 15.26 inches for November at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Two 16-year-old boys were found dead Tuesday in a garage east of Port Angeles in the Upper Peninsula, apparently the victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.

They appeared to have been trying to refuel a portable generator used to supply power during a storm-caused blackout, said Jim Borte, a spokesman for the Clallam County sheriff's office.

In Colorado, at least five people were dead after a wintry storm dropped as much as 2 feet of snow in the mountains and turned the morning commute into an icy crawl for drivers in Denver, Colorado Springs and Boulder on Wednesday.

Slick roads contributed to the crash of a minivan that authorities suspect was being used to smuggle illegal immigrants Tuesday night about 20 miles west of Denver, leaving four dead and as many as 11 injured.

The State Patrol initially said weather did not appear to be a factor.

The van lost control on a curve, struck a tree and rolled, the patrol said.

The driver, Jose Francisco Franco-Rodriguez, 23, fled on foot but was captured. He is being held for investigation of human smuggling careless driving resulting in death, Idaho Springs police Chief Dave Wohlers said.

A 10-year-old boy was killed Tuesday night when a pickup skidded off a snow-packed highway about 55 miles north of Denver and rolled.

World Cup organizers canceled a men's downhill practice at the Beaver Creek resort near Vail, saying the racers - who can exceed 70 mph - couldn't see far enough in the heavy snowfall. They also cited the threat of avalanches.

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