Seattle weather: Heaviest snowfall in decades heading northwest

January 17, 2012

Read Wednesday’s report on Seattle weather here.

Old man winter is headed straight for Seattle Wednesday.

The blizzard could dump up to 14 inches of snow Wednesday, making it the heaviest snowfall in the area in decades, the National Weather Service reports. Seattle was already hit by a snowstorm on Sunday that continues to drop snow over parts of the town.


Pedestrians walk across a hill in Seattle during a snowstorm, Sunday. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

“It will be snowing everywhere on Wednesday. Not showers, but heavy, widespread snowfall all day,” Chris Burke of the National Weather Service told the Seattle Times.

Seattle won’t be the only city touched. Weathermen are calling for snow as far south as Lake Tahoe in California. There, the snow-free ski slopes have become such a concern that Native Americans danced the traditional “Round Dance” on Sunday, asking for snow, the California newspaper Sierra Sun reports. Meteorologists expect six feet to fall on the mountains by Wednesday.

It has been a far less white winter this year than in years previous. According to the National Weather Service, nearly half the country was covered in an average of six inches of snow at this time in 2011. This year, only 32 percent of the country has snow on the ground, with an average snow depth of only two inches.

The Seattle Times reports residents should expect slick, icy roads. If the reaction by Seattle drivers’ to two inches of snow Sunday is anything to go by, no one should be driving Wednesday:

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