Neglect rain, Seattle this month is among the many nation’s snowiest cities: Extra snow has fallen there than in Buffalo, Cleveland and Boston mixed.
As of Monday morning, 14.1 inches of snow have fallen in Seattle this month, making it town’s snowiest February on file.
And extra snow is on the best way, as a winter storm watch was in impact from Monday morning via Tuesday afternoon, the Nationwide Climate Service stated. Some 3-6 inches is forecast within the metropolis, earlier than a doable changeover to a chilly rain on Tuesday.
“What a multitude,” stated meteorologist Cliff Mass of the College of Washington.
It isn’t solely Seattle, as your complete Pacific Northwest is anticipating ongoing bouts of snow and chilly this week. Within the Cascades, snow shall be measured in toes, not inches.
Within the Seattle metro space, the extra snow will trigger main disruptions to journey and day by day routines, together with an prolonged stretch of college closures, in keeping with AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski. Lots of of flights had been cancelled Sunday, and extra are on faucet for Monday.
Temperatures have additionally reached file lows, falling into the kids or single digits in lots of areas. It was 9 levels in Arlington, Washington, early Sunday. The climate service stated that was colder than the Arctic coast or North Slope of Alaska.
The wintry climate has fallen on a metropolis rather more accustomed to rain than snow. Seattle usually averages solely 0.7 inch of snow every February.
“This February in Seattle goes to be remembered for brutal winter climate for a lot of people not used to it,” Climate.us meteorologist Ryan Maue stated final week.
Nevertheless, the weird climate was not all doom and gloom for some within the Pacific Northwest. Throughout a break between storms, some Seattle residents flocked to neighborhood hills over the weekend with skis, sleds, laundry baskets – and even a kayak.
Skis, sleds, laundry baskets, kayaks: Seattle residents reap the benefits of file snow
“It’s only a great neighborhood getting out right here collectively within the snow. Nice that we reside by the varsity right here with the hill,” Tony Muhlenkamp advised KOMO-TV on Saturday.
Whereas 14.1 inches of snow is definitely loads for Seattle, it is nonetheless solely the Eighth-snowiest month on file, the climate service stated. And It is a good distance from town’s all-time snowiest month of 57.2 inches in January of 1950.
Contributing: Susan Miller, USA TODAY; The Related Press
Sea-Tac airport Feb. snow complete 14.1″, a brand new month-to-month February file. Outdated file 13.1″ in 1949. High Eight snow months at Sea-Tac.
1. 57.2″ Jan 1950
2. 45.4″ Jan 1969
3. 22.1″ Dec 1968
4. 20.0″ Jan 1954
5. 18.2″ Mar 1951
6. 17.5″ Nov 1985
7. 15.3″ Dec 1965
8. 14.1″ Feb 2019. #wawx
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) February 11, 2019
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