When Was The Latest Snow Ever?


By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - With winter coming to a fast close, snow fans have written in wondering how long they can keep hope alive before giving up the thoughts of a snow day and start counting the days 'till next winter.

It turns out, our window is still open for a little while longer. The latest snow was on April 17 in 1972, when 1.2 inches of snow fell at Sea-Tac Airport. Not much, but enough to at least piece together a snowman or two.

And just two years ago, it snowed a little on the first day of spring (March 20, then), so it's not unheard of. Although long range forecast models don't offer much hope for any more snow this winter.

Already hoping for next year? The earliest snow was, coincidentally, the same winter season as the latest snow -- coming Oct. 27 in 1971. There, Seattle got about 2 inches of snow.

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