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Friday’s snowfall was 2nd biggest on record for Dec. 14 - and there’s more to come

  • Author: Alex DeMarban
  • Updated: December 16, 2018
  • Published December 15, 2018

Mark Rhodes shovels snow from the driveway at his Midtown home on Wednesday, ahead of Friday's big snow dump. With all the new snow Rhodes said he is ready to go skiing. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Weather forecasters see another big snowstorm brewing over Anchorage on Monday, on the heels of Friday’s historic burst of snow that blanketed the city with feather-light fluff.

A 7.8-inch dump was recorded by the National Weather Service at its West Anchorage station on Friday. That’s the second largest amount for Dec. 14, according to records dating back six decades, said Mike Ottenweller, an NWS meteorologist.

In 2013, 8.5 inches fell, he said.

Snowfalls were heaviest on the west side of town, with up to 7 inches falling. About 3 inches draped the Hillside and in Eagle River.

A band of heavy snow moved across Southcentral Alaska Friday evening bringing some decent snow totals to the area....

Posted by US National Weather Service Alaska on Saturday, December 15, 2018

More snow’s coming to the region, he said.

It could be something of a one-two punch, with up to 2 inches falling Sunday starting around noon. A bigger system Monday could drop 5 inches, some of that during the morning commute, he said.

The Kenai Peninsula could also get several inches Monday, with Palmer and Wasilla expected to have less snow.

A wildcard Monday that could bring wet flakes, even a bit of rain, is a mass of warm air in the Gulf of Alaska, he said.

“I hate to say there’s the possibility of rain mixing in, but I can’t rule that out," he said.

Seasonal snowfall remains lower than average, but for the month of December, Anchorage is slightly above historical norms, with 17.6 inches measured at the NWS station.

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