Record-setting snow: Just setting the table for what’s next in the Seattle area?

Residents around the region awoke to snow-covered streets and roofs Saturday morning after a rare, heavy winter storm blanketed Western Washington with snow that is, according to the experts at the National Weather Service, “quite fluffy by Seattle standards.”

And it’s not over yet.

A snow-covered Capitol Hill neighborhood, viewed from First Hill on Saturday. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Seattle expect several more inches Sunday and say another storm is possible next week. The Seattle area could see 5 to 8 inches of total accumulation by Tuesday, though the agency warns uncertainties still exist regarding snow amounts.

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NWS Seattle


*Winter Storm Watch Issued*

Winter Storm Watch has been issued for western Washington. There will be TWO systems that impact the area. The 1st system arrives Sunday afternoon-night with light accumulations. The 2nd system pushes through Monday-Tuesday. Additional details:

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The 6.4 inches that fell Friday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport set a new daily record for Feb. 8 and marked the second highest snowfall in a single day in the past 20 years, the National Weather Service said. (The top spot belongs to Jan. 18, 2012, when 6.8 inches fell at the airport.)

By about 9:45 a.m. Saturday, 7.9 inches had fallen at Sea-Tac, exceeding the region’s average annual snowfall by about an inch, said Jacob DeFlitch, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Seattle.

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Most areas of Seattle got about 4 inches, but northern parts of the city saw more. Meanwhile, Auburn and Olympia got around 10 inches and more than a foot of snow fell in Sequim.

NWS Seattle


Latest report of 7.9″ of snow at Sea-Tac! Here’s a list of updated approximate amounts across the area:  Thanks for all of your snow reports!

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Snowfall began to taper off throughout much of the region Saturday morning, after a night that saw scattered power outages, and a concentration of outages on Vashon Island,  according to Puget Sound Energy.

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