Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Posted on December 24th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

The National Weather Service is predicting possible snow tomorrow, Christmas day, for the Seattle area – as long as we track to the NAM model:

“The really uncertain part of the forecast is the rest of the interior lowlands from Puget Sound southward. The NAM and WRF-GFS are at opposite ends of the spectrum… The NAM shows several hours of snow with up to 3 inches accumulation for the Puget Sound region… perhaps a little more for the SW interior. The WRF-GFS shows a freezing level around 1300 feet and just rain for the lower elevations… and maybe an inch or so for the higher hills.”

Now while Cliff Mass disagrees on the possibility (he believes it will be “too warm for snow in Seattle”), we can all agree that there was a lot of snow in 1916. The “Big Snow” of 1916 holds the record as the second-deepest blizzard in Seattle history with 21.5 inches of snow falling in 24 hours.

Queen Anne Ave N, 1916
Courtesy of the Queen Anne Historical Society

So, just in case you don’t get your snow fix tomorrow – and if you do, send us your pictures – check out the Queen Anne Historical Society’s new Queen Anne Snow slideshow that includes images dating all the way back to 1898, as well as photos from the Big Snow of 1916.

Think Snow! And, Happy Holidays!

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