If you felt like it had been ages since we’d had a meaningful snow event, well, you’d be right.
The widespread snowfall that blanketed the region Thursday night into Friday morning was Seattle’s biggest since the week the Seahawks won the Super Bowl.
At Sea-Tac Airport, where Seattle’s official snow records are kept, exactly 1 inch of snow was measured. That’s the most for the city since Feb. 8, 2014, otherwise known as the Saturday after the Hawks demolished the Broncos to capture the NFL championship.
Other noteworthy facts about yesterday/Thursday evening’s snow:
- It was the first measurable snowfall in Seattle in over 2 years—since 0.8 inches dusted the city on Nov. 29, 2014.
- 0.5 inches of the snow fell on Dec. 8, and another 0.5 inches fell on Dec. 9.
- The 0.5 inches that fell on Dec. 9 set a new snowfall record for the day.
- Until yesterday, measurable snowfall had never been observed on Dec. 9 in the entire history of Sea-Tac Airport (1945-present).
- More snow has fallen this winter in Seattle (1.0 inches) than the past two winters combined (0.8 inches).
- The snowfall was not enough to halt a rather dismal streak for Seattle school kids. With Seattle Public Schools opting for a late start, rather than a full-on closure, the district extended its streak without a snow day to nearly five years. The last time Seattle Public Schools closed for an entire day due to snow was Jan. 20, 2012. This is the longest such stretch in at least a generation.