Snow totals: 7 inches in Anchorage, 3 feet at Hatcher Pass

Anchorage Daily News / adn.comNovember 10, 2013 

Updated, 1:20 p.m. Monday:

As of noon Monday, Anchorage police had fielded 58 "vehicle in distress" calls, 14 calls of vehicle accidents without injury and two calls of vehicle accidents with injury, a police spokeswoman said.

On Sunday, she said, police received 65 "vehicle in distress" calls, 42 calls of no-injury vehicle accidents and six calls of vehicle accidents with injuries.

For vehicles in distress, police can block traffic so a driver can safely get out of their vehicle or more easily tow their vehicle, Castro said.

Updated, 8:30 a.m. Monday:

Snowfall totals for Southcentral Alaska as of 7 a.m. Monday, via the National Weather Service:


INDEPENDENCE MINE   38.0 INCHES
VALDEZ AIRPORT  24.4 INCHES
INDIAN PASS   24.0 INCHES
SUSITNA VALLEY HIGH   13.0 INCHES
20 E OF CHICKALOON   10.0 INCHES
TURNAGAIN PASS  9.0 INCHES
E RABBIT CREEK   8.0 INCHES
ANCHORAGE HILLSIDE   8.0 INCHES
E HOUSTON    7.5 INCHES
BIG LAKE    7.5 INCHES.
ANCHORAGE NWS    7.3 INCHES
SE ANCHORAGE    6.0 INCHES
POINT MACKENZIE   6.0 INCHES
SE EAGLE RIVER   5.0 INCHES

Updated, 7:10 a.m. Monday:

Southcentral’s first significant snowfall made for a slick Monday morning commute around Anchorage.

As of about 6:45 a.m., Anchorage police dispatchers said officers had responded to two accidents and 11 reports of vehicles in distress since midnight.

Snowfall reports from the snowstorm that started with rain Sunday ranged from at least 10 inches in Talkeetna, Willow and Chickaloon to about six inches in Midtown and Eagle River.

Elsewhere, nearly a foot of snow fell north of Fairbanks as a Saturday night storm dumped precipitation on the Interior, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow remains in the forecast for some parts of the state.

Thompson Pass near Valdez was under a blizzard warning Monday through Tuesday afternoon. Forecasters called for blowing snow and potential white-out conditions there.

A winter weather advisory was in effect for the Copper River Basin, where an additional four to seven inches of snow was in the forecast and another one to four inches Monday night, with the highest amounts east of the Richardson Highway.

The forecast for Anchorage calls for flurries Monday morning, then some clearing as temperatures drop. Overnight lows could plunge down to the single digits especially in east Anchorage. More snow - or rain - could return by Wednesday when temperatures are expected to warm into the mid 30s.

Earlier story:

Southcentral Alaska got walloped with its first significant snowfall of the season Sunday.

More snow was predicted for Monday.

Forecasters said a spell of clear and cold weather early this week means it is likely to stick -- at least for a while.

On Sunday evening, several inches of snow had fallen in the Anchorage bowl, slowing traffic.

The National Weather Service predicted 4-7 inches to accumulate overnight, with highest amounts on the hillside.

Snow was expected to fall through Monday afternoon, said Michael Kutz, a hydrometeorological technician with the National Weather Service's Anchorage office.

Temperatures in the teens are predicted for West Anchorage Monday night.

In East Anchorage "it might get down next to that big old goose egg" of zero degrees, Kutz said.

Reach Michelle Theriault Boots at mtheriault@adn.com or 257-4344.

 

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