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Snoqualmie Pass finishes up very snowy season

As we reach the end of May and close the book on the mountain snow season, this winter turned out to be quite a doosy, but not quite as bad as we were on pace for in January.

Snoqualmie Pass finished up the 2007-2008 season with 588 inches of snow. That's good enough for 12th place for snowiest season since DOT records were published in 1949.  But it is the third snowiest since 1973-74, just behind the big winters of 1996-97 (602") and 1998-99 (603"). It was a different feeling in late January and February, where storm after storm dumped several feet of snow through the pass. Some 70" of snow fell between Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, and 120" fell between Jan. 26 and Feb. 8.

It's no wonder that skiing was able to go into mid-May this year. Alpental ski resort managed to be open on May 17th and 18th, despite 90 degree temperatures in the lowlands.

Here are the top 12 snowiest winters at Snoqualmie Pass since 1949.
  1. 1955-56 828"
  2. 1949-50 696"
  3. 1973-74 692"
  4. 1953-54 680"
  5. 1963-64 678"
  6. 1954-55 630"
  7. 1968-69 615"
  8. 1998-99 603"
  9. 1996-97 602"
  10. 1971-72 600"
  11. 1950-51 590"
  12. 2007-08 588"
Average: 434"