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Biggest Seattle Snowstorm in Over 5 Years Shuts Down City

A rare and major winter storm brought Seattle to a grinding halt on Monday as over a half-foot of snow blanketed the Emerald City.

Widespread power outages, flight delays and cancellations, traffic jams and school closures snarled the Seattle metro area as 7.1″ of snow officially fell at nearby Sea-Tac Airport, making it the biggest snowstorm in Seattle since January of 2012. The city only averages 10.7″ of snow a year, meaning the Sunday and Monday snowfall accounted for roughly two-thirds of Seattle’s average annual snowfall.

Some totals well exceeded those seen in the nearby foothills and other slightly higher elevation locations, but regardless of the exact snow total, the impacts were drastic for the city. Nearly 100,000 were without power on Monday due to the heavy and wet nature of the snow itself. Additionally, most flights were either cancelled or delayed, and virtually every school district and college in the Seattle metro area cancelled classes on Monday.

The good news? It’s all (nearly) over. A light wintry mix may greet commuters once again on Tuesday morning, but the vast majority of the impacts are over and done with. Wetter and warmer weather, with highs near 50 and nearly daily rain chances, should bring Seattle’s weather back to a more typical pattern rather quickly. That should also help to quickly melt off any leftover snowfall.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this storm and the weather picture nationwide.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Featured Image: Alex Bolton in Orting, WA on Twitter

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