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Hail, heavy showers and even snow reported in Anchorage

The buildings of downtown Anchorage reflect the color in the sky just after sunset back dropped by the Chugach Mountains and reflected in the calm waters of Knik Arm on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)

Heavy rain, hail and even some snow were being reported Thursday afternoon in Anchorage, the National Weather Service said.

A special weather statement Thursday morning warned of that bands of showers would bring rain and small hail across Interior Kenai Peninsula to Anchorage into the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Copper River Basin.

By 3:30 p.m., the National Weather Service Anchorage office received a number of calls reporting small hail, said meteorologist Bill Ludwig.

"We're now starting to see showers kind of all over," Ludwig said.

Snow was also forecast for Thursday evening at elevations of 2,000 feet "or lower." In Anchorage, that meant snow was possible around the upper hillside area and Hillside Drive.

"Up at Glen Alps of course, we've definitely had some snow up there," Ludwig said.

A report of slushy snowfall had come in near Old Seward Highway and O'Malley Road. The snow was wet, and wouldn't stick, Ludwig said.

"It's late, but not super late," Ludwig said of the hail and snow.

More showers were forecast for Friday, likely in the afternoon.

"It won't be quite as interesting," Ludwig said of Friday's outlook.

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