The snow that whitened Seattle Saturday evening not only set a record, but it also created problems for travelers while entertaining kids and those young at heart.
The same storm that returned snow and ice to Portland, Ore., on Saturday, spread northward and dropped 2.9 inches of snow at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Saturday evening.
That amount shattered the day's previous snowfall record of 0.4 of an inch from 1957.
Records at the airport date back to 1945, and the Seattle-Tacoma Airport averages 6.8 inches of snow yearly.
The snow was also enough to cause problems for motorists. KIRO-TV crews witnessed several cars spinning or stalling on hills around the Seattle area.
Saturday evening's event was not the first snow of this winter. A total of 1.1 inches fell on Dec. 20, 2013, before a snow-free and warmer-than-normal January followed.
While there will be a little non-accumulating wet snow on Sunday, warmer systems will target Seattle the rest of this week and produce more typical bouts of rain instead of snow.
Just enjoying the snow at the space needle. pic.twitter.com/PdmuYN9ZWo— frank hadder (@luckyllamas) Feb. 9, 2014
Seattle, covered in snow. pic.twitter.com/6L4fFjtDnN— Gil Aegerter (@GilAegerter) Feb. 9, 2014
2.75" snow on patio table on top of #QueenAnne at 11pm - 3/4" in 1 hour, still snowing. #SeattleSnow pic.twitter.com/vE47AsPXVt— Queen Anne View (@queenanneview) Feb. 9, 2014