Record-Setting Seattle Snowstorm

January 19, 2012; 8:45 AM ET
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As a historic Northwest snowstorm winds down, we take a look at some notable snow, rain and wind totals from the region.

Snow Totals

A new daily snowfall record was set at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with 6.8 inches falling through 5:20 p.m. local time. This storm shattered the old record of 2.9 inches which fell in 1954. Furthermore, the half foot of snow is just shy of the seasonal normal of 8.0 inches. The snowfall around Seattle rivaled a couple of storms that hit in the 1970s.

Elsewhere around the region, snow totals ranged from a few inches north of Seattle to feet of snow in the Cascades. A detailed list of reports from western Washington can be found here.

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A few highlights include 15 inches near Grand Mound, Wash., and 17.0" close to Chehalis, Wash. Both of these locations are southwest of Seattle, closer to Olympia.

Mountain snow totals in excess of 50 inches were reported in the Oregon Cascades with close to 3 feet in the southern Washington Cascades.

Farther east, impressive snow also fell in eastern Washington with over 3 inches near Spokane and over a foot of snow in the higher elevations.

In Oregon, Parkdale reported 13 inches while Portland picked up 3 inches before changing to rain.

Heavy Rain Reports

While snow buried locations east of the Coastal Range, places along the coast received several inches of rain.

More than 4.50" of rain fell in Brookings, Ore., with 3.21" in Salem. Amounts over an inch were common in southern Oregon while locations in southern Washington received close to an inch.

Strong Winds Buffet Region

A third major impact from the storm was felt across the Pacific Northwest as well: gusty winds.

The immediate coast was battered the worst with a gust to 110 mph reported at at Otter Rock, Ore. Locations in Tillamook County Oregon gusted past 70 mph.

Farther inland, winds were not as strong with a gust to 43 mph at Salem Airport.

We will continue to add new storm reports throughout Thursday. Stay tuned to

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