LEAVENWORTH, Wash. -- The town of Leavenworth, Washington, was buried under at least two feet of snow as yet another winter storm rolled through the Pacific Northwest last week, leaving scenes of a Bavarian wonderland covered in massive amounts of snow.
Leavenworth is a popular tourist destination nestled along Highway 2 in the eastern foothills of the Cascade mountains. The Alpine-style village is decked out in a Bavarian theme and is known for its Oktoberfest and Winter Lights celebrations.
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The town is no stranger to snow, averaging about 85 inches a year. Still, the storm on Thursday brought a significant chunk of it in a week, with 24-hour storm totals reaching 3 feet, according to Jerry Magin, who was staying in Leavenworth with his wife when the storm unexpectedly extended his trip.
They got to town Wednesday afternoon, and by evening, there were already 4 inches on the ground.
"It never stopped snowing that night, and we were shocked in the morning when we looked outside," Magin said. "Everything was buried in more snow than we have ever seen! We couldn't go anywhere. We were glad the power was on, but the TV cable went down for the entire town."
Chelan County declared a State of Emergency.
Tumwater Canyon, about 15 miles west of Leavenworth along US-2, reported 208 snow slides in the area -- or about 25 slides per mile, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Some of the slides left the road buried under 30-35 feet of snow.
Road crews worked to clear the roads and by Friday the Magins were able to reach Wenatchee for their grandson's birthday party.
"A definite once-in-a-lifetime adventure for us!" Magin said.