Thunder, lightning, then snow in Fairbanks

Associated PressSeptember 25, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- A day after a storm that brought thunder and lightning to Fairbanks, the community on Monday got a different weather surprise -- snow.

The National Weather Service office on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus reported snowflakes just before 7 a.m.

The snow accompanied a strong cold front that blew into the Tanana Valley overnight Sunday.

That ended unseasonably warm temperatures that featured thunder and lightning Sunday afternoon.

Meteorologist Jim Brader tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that late-September thunder and lighting is "very, very rare."

The high in Fairbanks on Saturday was 67 degrees and on Sunday it reached 61. The normal high is 50.

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