Snow falls on Seattle and the best images and videos land on social media


A rare snowstorm hit the Seattle area Sunday night and into Monday morning. As temperatures fell and a brisk wind made it feel even colder outside, the internet did its job by warming us with images and videos from across the region.

As cars slipped and crunched on roadways throughout Western Washington, the driest drive in town was clearly Seattle’s new SR 99 tunnel, which officially opened to traffic in time for Monday morning’s commute.

But it wasn’t much of a commute, as plenty of people wisely opted to stay off roads and work from home if they were able to.

The new SR 99 tunnel in downtown Seattle is now OPEN! https://t.co/RgeW9sSIR8

Washington State DOT (@wsdot) February 4, 2019

.@JaimeSeattle captured this time lapse this morning driving from West Seattle and through the new tunnel, which opened today!#wawx #SoNorthwest pic.twitter.com/pDWI5dizq2

— KOMO News (@komonews) February 4, 2019

Queen Anne  is a notoriously difficult neighborhood to navigate when snow does fall in Seattle. Seattle’s Lime Bikes would be tough to ride on a day like Monday, but someone found a use for them:

A makeshift blockade on the south end of the hill. pic.twitter.com/gzHIlv3CLX

— Crystal Paul (@CPLHouse) February 4, 2019

The adventures of trying to conquer #Seattle‘s Queen Anne Counterbalance hill when it’s 25 degrees outside with a few inches of snow. #wawx#WaSnow Storm updates: https://t.co/So9rjSJXJl pic.twitter.com/9V9m5oM4hy

— Scott Sistek (@ScottSKOMO) February 4, 2019

Good luck out there Seattle ✌️ (also, this is really cute) pic.twitter.com/oLyZEqJGm5

— Chase Burns (@chaseburnsy) February 4, 2019

And Queen Anne Avenue North always attracts daredevils on sleds, but we’re not sure if this looks fun or dumb or a mix of both, but it’s one way to get around:

Skiing down “Mount Queen Anne”…@KING5Seattle #Seattle #SeattleSnow pic.twitter.com/Kuv69IRBoc

— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) February 4, 2019

This video shared by the Washington State Department of Transportation was decidedly more scary:

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

Nothing quite says “New Seattle” like a sports car ditched on a snowy street, blocking the way of a Rolls Royce:

Nope, don’t think that Lambo on Aurora Ave. N is going to make it through these roads today. #Q13Fox #WAWX #Snow #Seattle pic.twitter.com/xzv6Qa7dsr

— Brian Flores (@BrianFloresTV) February 4, 2019

Even the Stormtroopers got stuck — at least it appears that way in this clever bit of Photoshop:

The #seattlesnow is beautiful, please be careful out there!#seattle #wawx #weather #snow #nwsspotter #spotterreport pic.twitter.com/y5m1Scbftz

— WA State & Local (@CDWGWAGov) February 4, 2019

Empty streets and a dusting of snow can make for a pretty picture. There were plenty on Instagram under the hashtag #seattlesnow:

#snowday #allday #seattlesnow #streetscene #seattlespheres #seattle #view

A post shared by WanderWattle (@wanderwattle) on Feb 4, 2019 at 11:23am PST

From tulips to snow, @pikeplacepublicmarket saw a little bit of everything today. ❄️ ?: @jeffriseden #seattlesnow #pikeplacemarket #visitseattle

A post shared by Visit Seattle (@visitseattle) on Feb 3, 2019 at 11:00pm PST

Winter weather and viaduct closures giving us all the post-apocalyptic vibes today in the Seattle Studio. ?: @dougmikko

A post shared by The Miller Hull Partnership (@millerhull) on Feb 4, 2019 at 10:47am PST

A rare and wonderful Seattle snow day ❄️ Our recommendation? A movie marathon! What are your favorite snow day activities? #seattlesnow #snowday

A post shared by Allied Seattle (@alliedsea) on Feb 4, 2019 at 10:39am PST

It’s cold! #seattlesnow #snowmageddon

A post shared by Beau Schott (@bowshot) on Feb 4, 2019 at 9:37am PST

You can make out the remains of my attempt at a snowman. #PikePlaceMarket #SeattleSnow #SeattleViaduct

A post shared by Leslie Buker (@lbukes) on Feb 4, 2019 at 8:47am PST

The day Seattle shut down ? #seattle #seattlesnow #washington #snow #pacificnorthwest

A post shared by Alex Hodges (@ahodges22) on Feb 4, 2019 at 9:06am PST

Football and the Super Bowl are in the rear view mirror. Seattle’s soon-to-be NHL team tweeted about the weather, which does make the city look like a real hockey town:

Weird! It’s almost as if hockey is coming…#ReturnToHockey pic.twitter.com/pHrQLIyKIa

— NHL Seattle (@NHLSeattle_) February 4, 2019

But the Mariners were already thinking about warmer temperatures and baseball.

Feels like a good time to note that pitchers and catchers report to Peoria one week from today. ❄️ pic.twitter.com/e0YEfdWxKN

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 4, 2019

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