It’s a Snow Day For Real as Forecasted Winter Storm Blasts Western Washington

by Greg Wright

The winter storm warning remains in effect until 8 PM this evening…

Total snow accumulations of 10 to 20 inches in the southwest interior and 8 to 16 inches of new snow in the lower Chehalis valley. 4 to 8 inches in the Seattle area including Hood Canal and the east Puget Sound lowlands and over the central coast.

Freezing rain is possible over the south Sound this afternoon. Local ice accumulations of up to one-tenth of an inch are possible along the I-5 corridor between Olympia and Chehalis.

Main impact… expect extreme travel difficulties today.

Precautionary/preparedness actions… If you must travel in the area… carry an extra flashlight… food… water… and blankets in case of emergency.

National reports pegging this as “the worst snowstorm in Seattle since WWII” are of course exaggerating… but it is a good one!  This is the most pervasive snow event in Western Washington in a good long time–and there will undoubtedly be some record-setting snowfalls in certain areas.

But longtime SeaTac residents will surely remember the snow of January 1969.  In our back yard on 160th Street we measured 18 inches of overnight snowfall.  Seattle blogger Paul Dorpat has an exhaustive history of snowfall in Seattle, with a description of the 1968-69 season on Page 7 of that post.

Here’s a look at SeaTac Airport snowfall this morning…

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