By SCOTT SISTEK, KOMO
SEATTLE (CIRCA via KOMO) — Western Washington doesn't get hit with many snowstorms.
That much was obvious as the region's first true winter storm blew into the Seattle area Sunday night and into Monday morning, dropping several inches of snow in many spots along with icy temperatures and bone-chilling winds that reached as high as 90 mph.
Roads were treacherous for the Monday morning commute. State troopers wanted everyone to stay off the roads if at all possible. Videos on social media showed the struggles many drivers were having when they weren't used to driving in snow, and the roads weren't prepared.
"We have seven inches in Arlington," tweeted Angela Kelley. "Freeways are toboggan runs. Looking for the St. Bernard with the barrel of booze. Hysteria ensuing."
All but two districts closed in #Snohomishcounty. We have 7" in #arlington. Freeways are toboggan runs. Looking for the St Bernard with the barrel of booze. Hysteria ensuing. #SnowMageddon2019 #WASNOW#wawx @KSeattleWeather@komonews @KING5Seattle @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/EPvEOXZU1Z— Angela Kelly🌊 (@AngeeKelly) February 4, 2019
Puget Sound Energy reported 15,000 people lost power during the storm's peak. Seattle City Light also reported about 4,000 customers without power.
Luis Ayala was filling up at a gas station in Everett, about 40 miles north of Seattle, after making the harrowing drive up from Tacoma.
"A lot of cars were flipping over. ... A lot of cars are doing 360s and going side to side," Ayala said. "It was scary, you shouldn't be driving. Just stay home."
But for those who didn't have anywhere to go, it was a rare Seattle snow day. Plenty of kids and kids at heart took to the streets to sled or ski.
I've seen some bad ideas today, but this has got to be the worst. This guy spun out on SB 5 near Everett Mall, and is now driving the wrong way. He finally did stopped, but still, rule 1 ... DON'T DRIVE THE WRONG WAY ON THE FREEWAY! pic.twitter.com/tRGar20VEz— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) February 4, 2019
"It was so exciting this morning; it's like the best ever," said one girl sledding in North Seattle. "We never get this in Seattle, so this is pretty awesome."