The February 2019 snowstorms paled in comparison to The Big Snow of 1916, which lasted for weeks.

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The February 2019 snowstorms brought unfamiliar scenes for many, but the snowfall paled in comparison to this legendary storm: The Big Snow of 1916.

It lasted for weeks, and a Seattle Times story from the time described it as the first serious snowstorm in 23 years. Photo captions with the snowpiles said up to 35 inches of snow fell during that period.

More recently, charter buses in 2008 dangled over Interstate 5 across from REI after skidding down slick hills. Though the accident had frightening potential, no one was seriously hurt.

Years later, West Seattle residents will remember when the evening commute from downtown took more than four hours, and in some cases seven hours (see video below).

In 2016 the Los Angeles Times dubbed Seattle “snow wimps,” and has that changed since?

Watch video from recent snowfall in the Seattle-area.



Jan. 2012