SeaTac Airport received 6.4 inches (16.3 cm) of snow Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
That may not sound like much to those who live in snowy locations, but it’s the second most snow recorded in the area in one day in the past 20 years, and only the fourth time the area has seen 6 inches of snow since 1991.
The city averages 6.8 inches of snow over the course of an entire year.
Because the city usually gets such small amounts of snow, it is woefully unprepared. It has steep hills and only a handful of snowplows, meaning that secondary and neighborhood roads are never plowed. This in a city with very steep hills.
In a list of “The Ten Cities That Are Least Prepared For Winter,” Seattle ranks as the worst in the entire country, worse, even than Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, some inland portions of Washington state reported 12 to 18 inches of snowfall.