We take a look back at snowy scenes in Seattle.
When snow blankets the Seattle area, it sparks some urban adventures in driving and skiing. Just a few inches can lead to a “snowpocalypse” of abandoned cars on Interstate 5 and 405, and sliding articulated Metro buses on Capitol Hill, but also downhill skiing at Gas Works Park and night sledding on Denny Hill. This week, as winter begins, the National Weather Service is calling for a chance of snow on Thursday and Christmas Day. If it arrives, it’d be a mere fraction of a legendary storm: The Big Snow of 1916 lasted for weeks, and a Seattle Times story from the time described it as the first serious snowstorm in 23 years. More recently, you may recall charter buses dangling over Interstate 5 across from REI. Though that 2008 accident had frightening potential, no one was seriously hurt. Two years later, West Seattle residents will remember, the evening commute from downtown took more than four hours, and in some cases even seven hours (see video below). While you keep an eye out for the first flakes of winter and wonder what adventures they might bring, take a look at some “chilling” scenes from the past.