Seattle sees coldest day in 73 years as cold weather hits west coast

International Fountain turned into sledding slope as records broken

Gino Spocchia
Tuesday 28 December 2021 15:03

Western storms bring flood threats, snow

Leer en Español

Temperatures in Seattle have fallen to their lowest in more than half a century, the National Weather Service (NWS) has said.

The city on Sunday recorded a low of 20 degrees F (-6.7 C), which broke a record from 1948 by two degrees, the NWS was reported as saying.

Snowfall in the city has meanwhile beaten records set in 1979, when there was 179 inches (4.6 meters) on the ground in Seattle.

The University of California also reported that 193.7 inches (4.9 meters) of snow had fallen so far this December and that more was expected.

Emergency situations have meanwhile been declared in Oregon and Seattle, where shelters have been opened for those in need.

Temperatures in western Washington and Oregon are not forecast to rise above freezing for days, the NWS has warned.

More than 5,000 customers were reportedly without power on Monday in western Washington and Oregon, as a result of the record breaking cold.

Images and video shared online hasshowed Seattle’s famous International Fountain frozen, with locals sledding down it – and in view of the Space Needle.

Streets have been made almost impossible to drive down.

People have been advised to wrap-up warmly to avoid hypothermia, with temperatures along the West Coast usually more mild at this time of year.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in