Washington January 07, 2018
It’s Impossible To Forget These 7 Horrific Winter Storms That Have Gone Down In Washington History
While the East Coast endures the fallout from an icy winter storm, we’re enjoying a fairly tame winter here in Washington. But that wasn’t always the case. The Evergreen State has seen its share of treacherous winter weather, and these horrific storms from our history are proof.
1. The major blizzard of Whatcom County in 1950.
January 13, 1950 was one of the worst winter days in Western Washington's history. Single digit temperatures mixed with hurricane force winds in Bellingham made for a terrible time.
2. The Spokane Snowpocalypse of 2008-2009.
Record snowfall in the Spokane area stranded residents and put a real strain on services. Stores and government offices closed, and 2 feet of snow at a time was accumulating before plows could help.
3. The January 2012 snowstorm that blanketed the entire Pacific Northwest.
This storm produced over 50 inches of snow, blanketing Western Washington and parts of Oregon and British Columbia. Sadly, one Washingtonian was killed.
4. The winter of 1935.
On January 21, 1935, a record-setting four feet of snow was recorded at Gunn's Ranch in north-central Washington. That must have been fun.
5. The Seattle Snowmageddon of 2004 - 2005.
Everyone knows that Seattle, which is full of hills, basically shuts down when it snows. The winter of 2004-2005 brought the worst storm in many years, and locals could be seen sledding and snowboarding in the streets.
6. The Olympic Blowdown on January 29, 1921.
It was wind, not snow, that was the major culprit in this winter storm. Winds of hurricane force hit the coast, with Western Washington, especially the Olympia area, getting hit the hardest. Mill stacks and telephone lines toppled, and A. A. Brown, chief engineer for the Anderson & Middleton Mill at Aberdeen, was killed.
7. The 1910 blizzard that led to the worst avalanche in our history.
In February of 1910, Wellington, Washington was hit with a terrible blizzard. On its worst day, 11 feet of snow fell. It was too much for anyone to handle, including the employees of the railroad. The resulting avalanche hit the railroad depot, throwing the trains 150 feet downhill and killing 96 people.
We’ve had some pretty intense storms here in Washington, and not just in winter.
This one in the spring of 1972 was deadly.