Major snowstorm heralds winter’s arrival across university system

A snowman with a WSU Cougars logo and falling snow in the background.
The first major snowstorm of the year brought 4.4 inches of snow to the Pullman campus.

All Washington State University campuses are back to normal operations today following the first major snowstorm of the season to hit the Pacific Northwest.

Pullman received 4.4 inches of snow Wednesday, which is almost double the amount of the white stuff the city normally gets during the entire month of November, according to the National Weather Service. In Spokane, around nine inches of snow fell, breaking the previous daily snowfall record for Nov. 30 of 7.5 inches. In Everett, between 2–4 inches of snow fell.

The Spokane campus suspended operations Wednesday and the Everett campus had a delayed start.

The storm served as a reminder for faculty and staff to be aware of personnel processes in place for periods of inclement weather and suspended operations. Human Resource Services has links to policies and procedures, as well as WSU snow removal and tips for safe driving on their Inclement Weather web page. Employees should work with their supervisors about remote work/leave options if they are unable to report to work safely.

In addition to the National Weather Service, WSU’s AgWeatherNet provides useful updates from its network of automated weather stations throughout the state. Current conditions and other information can be found on its website.

Check out some of the snowmen members of the Cougar community made and other wintry images captured by WSU Photo Services in Pullman below.

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