Season's first snowfall spreads across Anchorage Bowl

Anchorage Daily News / adn.comSeptember 22, 2013 

Updated 11:30 a.m. Monday

No measurable snowfall has been recorded at the Sand Lake offices of the National Weather Service Monday, said meteorologist Andrew Dixon. 

"We had a trace, a glint on the grass," he said.

But snow is sticking elsewhere. 

There have been reports of up to an inch in the Campbell Tract area in East Anchorage, 2.5 inches in the Eagle River valley and up to 4 inches at Glen Alps, according to the NWS. 

Snow will linger in East Anchorage into the afternoon, Dixon said.

"We should really start to warm up after that," he said. 

Temperatures in the lower 50s are expected for Tuesday. 


That could cause snow that accumulated at lower altitudes -- and even on south-facing mountain slopes -- to melt, he said. 

Updated, 9:15 a.m. Monday:

The Anchorage Bowl got its first real taste of snow this season on Monday, with flurries across much of the city and higher amounts on the Hillside.

Up to 2 inches of snow is possible in East Anchorage and in the Eagle River Valley, according to the National Weather Service. Expect less at sea level.

The weather service said up to 4 inches of accumulation was possible Monday on the Hillside, which saw up to a couple inches on Sunday.

Skies are expected to clear overnight with lows in the 20s to mid-30s.

Earlier story from Sunday evening:

Anchorage ushered in the fall season Sunday with its first snowfall.

The Hillside got a dusting of snow and flurries were reported across much of Southcentral, from East Anchorage to Eagle River to the Mat-Su.

About an inch accumulated at higher elevations, said Jim Nelson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Anchorage office.

The webcam at the Glen Alps parking lot at Chugach State Park showed white hillsides and a wet parking lot Sunday night.

No snow accumulated at sea level in the Anchorage bowl Sunday, said Nelson.

Snow was expected to move down the Hillside Sunday night, with less than an inch possible above 500 feet and 2 inches possible above 500 feet Monday, according to a NWS forecast.

On Monday morning, rain mixed with snow was likely at sea level.

"We're expecting it to get down to around freezing here," Nelson said. "We could see some snowflakes."

Higher elevations could see an inch or two of additional snowfall Monday.

Last year's first measurable snowfall came on Sept. 29, when around a quarter of an inch fell at the National Weather Service's Sand Lake offices.

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