Seattle Snow

March 11, 2019


Photographer: Rebecca Roush
Summary Autor: Stu Witmer

The Pacific Northwest gets plenty of rain. But snow in Seattle is a different story. People go nuts in the snow. We expect it to stay up in the mountains where its pretty and out of the way. No one really knows what to do with it when it arrives down here in the city. The hills complicate transportation and just about everything shuts down. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It's much safer, and more fun, to stay and home and play. On Sunday, February 10, we received 4 or 5 inches (10 or 12 cm) of snow in the morning (shown above). In the early afternoon I walked to the neighborhood branch of the public library which is only four blocks away and was surprisingly open. People were out in droves, including lots of families with toddlers witnessing their first snow ever. Their amazement was palpable. Most of the sidewalks were spasmodically cleared, perhaps indicating various levels of snow-understanding. One guy took it upon himself to shovel his entire block's sidewalk from end to end. He was just finishing when I arrived. In talking with him I discovered that he's from Marquette, Michigan and misses all the snow. That night more snow fell. Enough to give Seattle more snow than it has accumulated since 1916.