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Winter Storm

Major Incidents

Year

Event

Impacts

2008

Snow

Two weeks of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Metro bus, garbage, recycling services severely impacted. Holiday travelers stranded. More consecutive hours of snow on the ground than any other storm in the past 20 years.

1996

Snow

Near record snow falls the day after Christmas. Metro halts service completely for the first time in its history. Freeze and snowmelt contribute to flooding and landslides during the following week.

1974

Snow

Nearly 10 inches of snow fell as the power went out in many parts of the city.

1969

Snow

The offical record for single season snowfall.

1950

Snow

Near record one-day snowfall of 21.4 inches at Sea-Tac accompanied by 25-40 m.p.h. winds. 63.6 inches fell the entire month at Sea-Tac.

1916

Snow

Single day snow record set at 21.5 inches. The roof of the St. James Cathedral collapsed

1880

Snow

64 inches fell during the season according to unofficial records. Snow drifted 3-5 feet at the waterfront. Roofs collapsed throughout the city.

On the Web

Real-time Alerts for Winter Storms (PDF)- Information from Seattle Office of Emergency Management

Winter Weather Preparedness - Take Winter by Storm from Seattle-King County Public Health

How to Prepare for Winter Storms (PDF) - Information from the City of Seattle, King County and Washington State.

Winter Response Plan - The Human Services Department Winter Response explains what the City does to help homeless or at-risk people during cold weather.

Winter Storm Information from the Seattle Department of Tranportation

When the Power goes out - Information from Seattle City Light.

National Weather Service - Seattle Office - Forecasts and historical records.


During an emergency, go to www.seattle.gov for the latest information.


Emergency:
Dial 911
Non-Emergency Police:
206-625-5011
Non-Emergency Fire:
206-386-1400


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