Late-May snow sets multiple records for Anchorage

khopkins@adn.comMay 18, 2013 

The unseasonable snowfall Friday and Saturday has set a slew of new records in Anchorage, the National Weather Service says.

The 2012-13 snow season was 232 days long as of Saturday, the longest on record for the city, according to a Weather Service statement.

The previous record was 230 days, set in 1981-82. The season is measured from the first day of measurable snowfall - Sept. 29 this season - until the last.

The high temperature Friday was 37 degrees, which set a new daily record for the coldest maximum temperature on May 17. The old record was a high of 44 degrees in 1971, according to the Weather Service.

And finally, the 0.3 inches of snowfall on Friday in Anchorage set a daily record for May 17. Another 0.1 inches had fallen by 10 a.m. Saturday, also a daily record.

Here is how much snow landed in each corner of town and in parts of the Mat-Su, between Friday afternoon and 4 p.m. Saturday, according to the Weather Service:



  • Upper De Armoun: 6.0 inches
  • Upper O'Malley: 4.0 inches
  • De Armoun/Birch: 3.5 inches
  • Paradise Valley: 2.5 inches
  • Seward Highway near Campbell Creek: 1.9 inches
  • Weather Service Sand Lake office: 0.4 inches

Eagle River

  • Hiland Road: 9.1 inches
  • Eagle River Road Mile 6: 6.3 inches
  • Eaglewood Subdivision: 4.4
  • Chugiak: 4.0 inches
  • Palmer: 3.6 inches
  • Talkeetna: 2.0 inches


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