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Photos: Anchorage area gets its first significant snowfall of the season

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: November 18
  • Published November 18

The Anchorage area saw its first significant snowfall Saturday, with totals in the city starting at 5 inches and piling up to over a foot in Eagle River.

Anchorage not only broke records for snowfall and precipitation amounts Saturday, but also tied the 1967 high-temperature record by reaching 45 degrees at around 3 a.m. National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Drewitz said southeast winds blew warm air from the Turnagain Arm into the city early Saturday and caused temperatures to rise. As the winds subsided, temperatures dropped and snow began to fall in quarter-sized flakes.

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