Seat­tle hav­ing snowiest Fe­bru­ary in 70 years

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Su­san Miller

Hold on to your warm, woolen hats, Seat­tle: You are not out of the ice­box yet.

Af­ter a week­end snow­storm pum­meled the nor­mally mild North­west­ern city – mak­ing this month the city’s snowiest Fe­bru­ary since 1949, ac­cord­ing to Ac­cuWeather – an­other one-two punch is ex­pected this week.

The next snow­storm was forecast to hit Sun­day night, bring­ing 1-2 inches of snow, Ac­cuWeather said, and an­other would pile on 3-6 inches Mon­day af­ter­noon into Tues­day.

The snow will ride a wave of record cold: High tem­per­a­tures were ex­pected in the up­per 20s to low 30s, with wind chills at 17 to 22 de­grees.

The weather has al­ready wreaked havoc on a city more ac­cus­tomed to rain than snow. Seat­tle nor­mally av­er­ages only 0.7 inch of snow each Fe­bru­ary.

“This Fe­bru­ary in Seat­tle is go­ing to be re­mem­bered for bru­tal win­ter weather for many folks not used to it,” me­te­o­rol­o­gist Ryan Maue said.

The first week­end storm, which brought 6-10 inches of snow to the area, emp­tied gro­cery story shelves, shut­tered schools and made travel treach­er­ous. Port­land, Ore­gon, was also hit with 4 inches of snow.

About 400 flights were can­celed at Seat­tle-Ta­coma and Port­land in­ter­na­tional air­ports over the week­end. A 20mile stretch of In­ter­state 90 in cen­tral Wash­ing­ton was shut down be­cause of snow­drifts amid bliz­zard con­di­tions. About 50,000 peo­ple lost power.

The new storms would not just be lim­ited to Seat­tle, Ac­cuWeather fore­cast­ers said, but would also tar­get Port­land, Bend and Pendle­ton, Ore­gon; and Yakima and Spokane, Wash­ing­ton.

Wash­ing­ton Gov. Jay Inslee de­clared a state of emer­gency Fri­day ahead of the fierce weather. He joined lo­cal of­fi­cials en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to stay off the roads and to check on the el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble.

A man, 59, who may have been home­less was found dead from ex­po­sure Thurs­day near a plat­form at a light rail sta­tion, the Seat­tle Times re­ported. Emer­gency shelters prepped more beds, and out­reach work­ers vis­ited the city’s hun­dreds of un­sanc­tioned tent camps, the news­pa­per said.

The un­usual weather was not all doom and gloom for some. Dur­ing a break be­tween storms, some Seat­tle res­i­dents flocked to neigh­bor­hood hills with skis, sleds and laun­dry bas­kets. “It’s just a won­der­ful com­mu­nity get­ting out here to­gether in the snow,” Tony Muh­lenkamp told KOMO-TV on Satur­day. “Great that we live by the school here with the hill.”


Peo­ple en­joy the snow at Gas Works Park af­ter a large storm blan­keted Seat­tle on Satur­day. More snow is forecast this week.

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