The Pacific coastal plain of the northwestern United States is not an area known for heavy snowfall. But that is exactly what has happened during the month of February, even at sea level. As of Tuesday morning, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington State had recorded 20.2” of snow for the month of February. That makes February 2019 the snowiest month since December 1968 there. The total was also more than double the snow total for the entire winter as of Tuesday morning for New York City and Boston combined. Even more impressive is the fact that Seattle-Tacoma Airport has had two snowfalls in excess of 6” so far this month, only the fifth time that has happened in a month since 1894.
More precipitation is expected over the next week in the region. At sea level, much of it is expected to be rain, which will cause flooding issues with snowmelt. However, some of it may still be in the form of snow at lower elevations. The higher elevations of the Cascades will likely receive multiple feet of snow over the next week.