Washington State's bad weather — snow, freezing temperatures, followed by heavy rain and flooding — will rank among the most damaging ever, according to Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance.

PEMCO's claim trends show the year-end snowstorms and rapid snowmelt will end up generating a projected 1,305 claims, totaling around $7 million in losses. If those figures hold, then the spate of bad weather would rank fifth all-time on the company's storm index, which tracks PEMCO's weather-related losses dating to 1982.

PEMCO noted that snowstorms in the area are common and account for many weather-related claims. It cited the Dec. 18, 1990, Seattle snowstorm that caused $7.7 million in PEMCO claim losses, which means it ranks fourth on the company's storm index. A 10-day Puget Sound snowstorm in Feb. 1985 caused $6.8 million in losses, ranking it sixth on the list.

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