Anchorage’s first major snowstorm of the season dumps 18 inches in some areas

Heavy snow fell in Southcentral Alaska Wednesday night through Thursday, dropping more than a foot on the east side of the Anchorage Bowl and in Seward by evening. A winter weather advisory expired at 1 a.m. Friday.

A band of heavy snowfall formed over East Anchorage late Wednesday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Ottenweller. The highest snow totals were recorded on the Anchorage Hillside, with 18 inches by 4:20 p.m. Thursday, while 10 inches was measured at the weather service’s forecast office in Sand Lake in West Anchorage late Thursday afternoon.

Eagle River had between 15 and 16 inches of snow by 4:20 p.m., according to meteorologist Kenna Mitchell at the National Weather Service in Anchorage.

By early evening in Anchorage, it appeared the snowfall was slowing down, though Mitchell said light flurries could continue into Friday and Saturday.

The snow is light and fluffy, posing visibility issues on roads but likely no structural damage or power loss, Ottenweller said.

Thursday’s snowfall also broke the daily Anchorage record for Nov. 11. Eight inches was measured at the weather service forecast for the day, breaking the 6.6-inch record set in 2007.