The record remains unofficial until the amount of snow at the Wenatchee water body is confirmed.
WENATCHEE, Washington – The city of Wenatchee may have seen a record amount of snowfall in a 24-hour period Thursday amid another winter storm that brought flooding to many parts of western Washington and snow in the mountains.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said the Wenatchee Experimental Station recorded 23.3 inches of snow in a 24-hour period Jan. 5-6.
The previous record was set in December 1971 at 16.5 inches.
The case remains unofficial until the observation of the cooperative observer of the Wenatchee water plant can be confirmed, according to the NWS.
Pretty, shocking and historic were the words residents like Andrea Hoey used to describe their classes.
“I think it will far surpass the one we had in 1996,” Hoey said.
Nighttime video from the NWS shows the accumulation of snow. Snowplows required several trips to clear the roads, and sidewalks and driveways disappeared with cars.
Keith Parsons from Utah visits his in-laws and has dug driveways and cars with his wife’s help to make sure their in-laws can get out if needed.
“The hard part was where do you put so much snow?” Parsons said.
Meanwhile, flooding in parts of Lewis County and the southern and central Puget Sound region resulted in road closures, evacuations and affected schools and businesses on Friday morning.
Snow in the mountains has created conditions so dangerous that the Washington State Department of Transportation has said it may have to close all major Cascade passes until Sunday.
The NWS said precipitation over the region will not fully increase until Saturday evening and Sunday morning, with sunny skies expected to close over the weekend.