But warmth and sunshine was close at hand--you just needed to gain about 1000 ft.
For example, a short drive up to a hilltop (1170 feet) in Bellevue brought sun and ethereal views of the cloud layer below (pictures courtesy of Peter Banda, taken around 4 PM):
Want to stay in Seattle? Just take the elevator ride to the Columbia Center's observation platform (around 1000 ft high) as Joseph Chan did today:
Amazing pictures...the clouds reached up to just under 1000 ft. And as you rise above the clouds you enter the inversion and temperature warms rapidly--to roughly 50F at 2500 ft!