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Anchorage sees longest snow season on record

Kyle Hopkins

4:30 p.m. UPDATE:

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 is 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.

Here is how much snow fell 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


4 p.m. UPDATE:

Today marks the longest Anchorage snow season on record, the National Weather Service says.

12:30 p.m. UPDATE:

"(The snow) is pretty much winding down," said Chris Burling, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Anchorage. "I could see a few more showers here for the evening, but for the most part we shouldn't see too much more in terms of accumulation."

The snowfall, beginning Friday afternoon, fell heaviest in the Hillside and near Eagle River.

"In Eagle River I've had reports this morning anywhere from four to six inches. One report of nine inches near Eagle River, but that's at a higher elevation," Burling said. Three to six inches of snowfall has been reported on the Hillside, he said.

About 0.4 inches fell at the Weather Service's Sand Lake Road office, Burling said.

That includes 0.3 inches Friday and 0.1 inches so far today, both new daily records for Anchorage, he said.

"Tomorrow looks to be better. It's going to be mostly sunny and we should be into the 40s. We're going to warm up here after this today," Burling said.


Happy Saturday. Sorry it's still snowing.

Beware slick roads today the National Weather Service says. Forecasters issued this special statement for the Anchorage Bowl this morning:


Lingering snow causing slick road conditions

"While the winter weather advisory for snow over the Anchorage Bowl has been cancelled ... Light snow continues to fall across the area. Snow accumulation through the morning hours will be minimal but driving conditions from the Glenn Highway through Northeast Anchorage will remain precarious. Roads along the Hillside and higher elevations of the Chugach will also remain at risk for slick conditions as pavement temperatures remain near freezing. Caution should be exercised during the morning commute."


The Weather Service predicts scattered snow showers this afternoon with highs in the mid 30s to lower 40s. Look for mostly cloudy skies tonight with isolated snow showers in the evening. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies Sunday with highs in the mid 40s and light winds.

Read more about what the weather means for the Gold Nugget Triathlon here.

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