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Late-May snow sets multiple records for Anchorage

Kyle Hopkins
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Snow sticks to the ground and flowers at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery on May, 17, 2013. 130517
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A runner and his dog follow a path in Kincaid Park on Saturday morning, May 18, 2013. Snow fell steadily in the Anchorage area and Eagle River on Friday evening and Saturday morning, setting new daily records for snowfall on both days.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A pedestrian passes the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts on 5th Avenue during the snowfall. Downtown pedestrians deal with a steady snowfall that hit Anchorage unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Snow sticks to the ground and flowers at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery on May, 17, 2013. 130517
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A moose browses in a snowy yard along Hillside Drive, which received several inches of new snow. Snow fell steadily in the Anchorage area and Eagle River on Friday evening and Saturday morning, setting new daily records for snowfall on both days.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Walkers pass through Town Square during Friday's snowfall. Downtown pedestrians deal with a steady snowfall that hit Anchorage unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Snow sticks to the ground and flowers at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery on May, 17, 2013. 130517
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Strawberry plants collect some snow at the Glacier Valley Farm display at the South Anchorage Farmers Market. Snow fell steadily in the Anchorage area and Eagle River on Friday evening and Saturday morning, setting new daily records for snowfall on both days.
Marc Lester
A prematurely-unspooled garden hose lies in late-season snow Saturday morning May 18, 2013 in west Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Painted figures provide brief entertainment for walkers on 4th Avenue. Downtown pedestrians deal with a steady snowfall that hit Anchorage unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Anchorage pedestrians dealt with a steady snowfall that hit unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Mary Anne Feeney and Jonathan Brady have portraits made a few hours before their wedding ceremony on Saturday morning, May 18, 2013. Rhae Anne Etheredge makes the photos at right. "You just got to roll with it," Feeney said of the snow on her spring wedding day. "It's Alaska." Snow fell steadily in the Anchorage area and Eagle River on Friday evening and Saturday morning, setting new daily records for snowfall on both days.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Cyrus Aldeman, right, a tour director for Anchorage Trolley tour company, talks with passers-by on 4th Avenue. Downtown pedestrians deal with a steady snowfall that hit Anchorage unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
Mariano Villasenor juggles a soccer ball on the Delaney Park Strip Friday. He kicked the ball around in the snow as his students made pictures of him for a photography class. Villasenor says the summer season for his soccer league begins in just weeks. Anchorage dealt with a steady snowfall that hit unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Cucumbers are surrounded by a dusting of snow on the Glacier Valley Farm sales table at the South Anchorage Farmers Market on Saturday morning, May 18, 2013. Snow fell steadily in the Anchorage area and Eagle River on Friday evening and Saturday morning, setting new daily records for snowfall on both days.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A pedestrian passes the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts on 5th Avenue during the snowfall. Downtown pedestrians deal with a steady snowfall that hit Anchorage unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
A late-season snowfall greets geese at Loussac Library Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 in Midtown.
Erik Hill
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A runner and his dog follow a path in Kincaid Park on Saturday morning, May 18, 2013. Snow fell steadily in the Anchorage area and Eagle River on Friday evening and Saturday morning, setting new daily records for snowfall on both days.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Walkers pass through Town Square during Friday's snowfall. Downtown pedestrians deal with a steady snowfall that hit Anchorage unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
A late-season snowfall fails to deter Shauna Boquist from training for the summer mountain running season Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 at the Service High School sledding hill. "I was hoping the weather people would be wrong," she said while running uphill intervals.
Erik Hill
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A moose browses in a snowy yard along Hillside Drive, which received several inches of new snow. Snow fell steadily in the Anchorage area and Eagle River on Friday evening and Saturday morning, setting new daily records for snowfall on both days.
Marc Lester
An umbrella comes in handy as a late-season snowfall moves in Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 in Midtown.
Erik Hill
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Strawberry plants collect some snow at the Glacier Valley Farm display at the South Anchorage Farmers Market. Snow fell steadily in the Anchorage area and Eagle River on Friday evening and Saturday morning, setting new daily records for snowfall on both days.
Marc Lester
Snow collects atop the stairwell to Loussac Library Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 in Midtown.
Erik Hill
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Anchorage pedestrians dealt with a steady snowfall that hit unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
A late-season snowfall blankets commuters on A Street Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 near 16th Avenue.
Erik Hill
Mariano Villasenor juggles a soccer ball on the Delaney Park Strip Friday. He kicked the ball around in the snow as his students made pictures of him for a photography class. Villasenor says the summer season for his soccer league begins in just weeks. Anchorage dealt with a steady snowfall that hit unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
Mariano Villasenor retrieves a ball from a soccer goal on the Delaney Park Strip Friday. He kicked the ball around in the snow as his students made pictures of him for a photography class. Villasenor says the summer season for his soccer league begins in just weeks. Anchorage dealt with a steady snowfall that hit unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
A late-season snowfall greets geese at Loussac Library Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 in Midtown.
Erik Hill
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Snow sticks to the ground and flowers at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery on May, 17, 2013. 130517
Bob Hallinen
A late-season snowfall fails to deter Shauna Boquist from training for the summer mountain running season Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 at the Service High School sledding hill. "I was hoping the weather people would be wrong," she said while running uphill intervals.
Erik Hill
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Snow sticks to the ground and flowers at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery on May, 17, 2013. 130517
Bob Hallinen
An umbrella comes in handy as a late-season snowfall moves in Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 in Midtown.
Erik Hill
A prematurely-unspooled garden hose lies in late-season snow Saturday morning May 18, 2013 in west Anchorage.
Erik Hill
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Snow sticks to the ground and flowers at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery on May, 17, 2013. 130517
Bob Hallinen
Snow collects atop the stairwell to Loussac Library Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 in Midtown.
Erik Hill
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Mary Anne Feeney and Jonathan Brady have portraits made a few hours before their wedding ceremony on Saturday morning, May 18, 2013. Rhae Anne Etheredge makes the photos at right. "You just got to roll with it," Feeney said of the snow on her spring wedding day. "It's Alaska." Snow fell steadily in the Anchorage area and Eagle River on Friday evening and Saturday morning, setting new daily records for snowfall on both days.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Painted figures provide brief entertainment for walkers on 4th Avenue. Downtown pedestrians deal with a steady snowfall that hit Anchorage unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
A late-season snowfall blankets commuters on A Street Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013 near 16th Avenue.
Erik Hill
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Cucumbers are surrounded by a dusting of snow on the Glacier Valley Farm sales table at the South Anchorage Farmers Market on Saturday morning, May 18, 2013. Snow fell steadily in the Anchorage area and Eagle River on Friday evening and Saturday morning, setting new daily records for snowfall on both days.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Cyrus Aldeman, right, a tour director for Anchorage Trolley tour company, talks with passers-by on 4th Avenue. Downtown pedestrians deal with a steady snowfall that hit Anchorage unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester
Mariano Villasenor retrieves a ball from a soccer goal on the Delaney Park Strip Friday. He kicked the ball around in the snow as his students made pictures of him for a photography class. Villasenor says the summer season for his soccer league begins in just weeks. Anchorage dealt with a steady snowfall that hit unusually late in the spring season on May 17, 2013.
Marc Lester

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:

 

Anchorage

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

 


By KYLE HOPKINS
khopkins@adn.com