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Old 09-04-2019, 07:14 PM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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WARNING: Less rain does not = more sun.

For the dreary PNW.... find wind patterns, south face hills, few trees, and elevation to assist in LESS Dreary.

SunnIER cities in Washington will likely be a more remote area, but still dreary (from a SUNNY perspective. "warming" Sunshine in Winter is rare in PNW, but daily in many very nice places nearby but not in WA.

Lots of Snow in WA?... Maybe Hurricane Ridge and Mt Baker.

For most living areas even in eastern WA, heavy accumulations are not that frequent. Spokane gets a few 24"+, but not very many. Most of WA is very moderate for winter accumulations (Wind patterns, elevation, storm shadows are more intense areas). Very easy to avoid living in those few areas.

Friends in Ione, WA (Snow shadow if mtn range / and north... near BC) live with 3' on the ground most of the winter, but seldom huge snowfalls.
Yes, snowfall in Eastern is quite variable. Spokane is among the highest among significant cities with an average of 45 inches. Yet, just a couple hours SW, Tri-Cities averages under 5 inches. (Though February and early March this year offered the Tri over 30 inches in a short period, an aberration for sure.)
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Old 09-04-2019, 10:01 PM
 
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WARNING: Less rain does not = more sun.
This is true but there is also something to be about it. For instance, many places here that get more rain than lets say Seattle also have more cloudy days on average. Using where I live as an example, Olympia averages ~12" of rain more annually and also averages 16 more cloudy days.
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Old 09-09-2019, 03:49 PM
 
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east of the mountains
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