Spokane Snowfall Breaks 93-Year Record


Cara Caulton, Staff Writer

This past weekend, temperatures ranging from 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit hit Western Washington and brought a sudden end to the warm summer months. More shocking was the over three inches of snowfall that Spokane received Sept. 28 and 29, setting numerous meteorology records. This is the area’s first September snow since 1923. According to UW meteorologist Mark Albright, three inches is also the second largest amount of snow on the ground before Oct. 31, first place being 5.9 inches on Oct. 25, 1975. Temperatures‌ ‌reached‌ ‌as‌ ‌low‌ ‌as‌ ‌32‌ ‌degrees‌ ‌Saturday night, and a shocking 21-degree wind chill with 16 mile-per-hour winds. Additionally, a number of downed trees from the winds and snow knocked out power for 2,000 houses in the Spokane area that had to be restored by crews on Sunday. The area warmed up by Monday with a high of 46 degrees.