- Western Washington, though infamous for gloom and rain, is less-equipped to handle ice and snow, especially on roads.
- The potential for snow prompted government agencies and road crews to prepare — and sound the alarm before snowflakes started to fall.
Still, as the snowstorm intensified throughout the day Nov. 22, the change in conditions caught commuters, schools and emergency crews flat-footed.
Snowbound residents eager for information about closures, hazards and digging out used hashtags — some humorous, some serious — to share stories.
The next morning dawned cold and clear, but accumulated snow and ice interrupted life for many Issaquah residents — and for state Senate candidates locked in a tight race.
Temperatures plummeted after the snowstorm, raising concerns about hypothermia and other cold-related problems.
The extreme cold turned melted snow on cleared roads into dangerous ice, prompting additional safety reminders.
Still, despite the official reminders, hypothermia claimed a man in the Issaquah area just before Thanksgiving.