The biggest snowstorm since February 2017 slammed Seattle at the start of the weekend.
Snow totals ranged from 6-10 inches in the area, including 7.9 inches of snowfall recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, as the storm dumped heavy snow along the coast of Washington and Oregon since Friday afternoon.
Around 4 inches covered Portland, Oregon.
The last snowstorm of this magnitude slammed Seattle early in February two years prior, when the airport recorded 7.1 inches.
More than 60,000 people lost power during the blizzard, which triggered major travel disruptions including hundreds of canceled flights and the closure of a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in central Washington due to spin-outs and poor visibility.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Friday ahead of the snowstorm.
“A powerful storm system diving southward brought heavy snow to much of Seattle over the past 24 hours,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio.
“The storm is drifting away and will continue to unload heavy snow on the Sierra Nevada in California into Sunday, but left the Seattle area with 6-10 inches of snow in its wake,” Rossio said.
This storm pushed the February snowfall total at the airport to 10.6 inches, making this February Seattle’s snowiest since 1949. A total of 13.1 inches fell that month.
The Seattle area faces another one-two punch of snowstorms from late Sunday into Tuesday of next week.
Snow coats tree branches in the Pinehurst neighborhood of Seattle on Feb. 9, 2019. (Instagram photo/Shannon Pitton/@shantwin55)
Snow in Seattle on Feb. 9, 2019. (Twitter photo/Peter Billing@PBillingMD)
A Seattle resident captures an image of snow covering trees on Feb. 9, 2019. (Instagram photo/Hannah Schnabel @hannielynn1)
“We have about 8 inches of snow here. More problematic is the ice – cable lines are down all over the neighborhood,” a resident of Thurston County, Washington, wrote on social media on Feb 9, 2019. (Instagram photo/@Robin Bond/@diyrobin)