Anchorage sees season's first 'official measurable' snowfall

Anchorage received its "first official measurable snowfall of the season" Sunday, according to a public information statement from the National Weather Service's Alaska Region Headquarters Monday morning.

The statement said the agency had measured 0.6 inches at its Sand Lake facility Sunday, adding that another 1.5 inches fell after midnight.

Snowfall Monday morning varied across the city, with more accumulation on Anchorage's south side and in higher elevations, National Weather Service meteorologist David Percy said.

Residents had reported 5 inches of snowfall on the lower Hillside, and 6 to 9 inches on upper Hillside, Percy said. Toward Girdwood, more than 9 inches had been reported as of 9 a.m.

Downtown was expected to see one to two inches of snow, Percy said.

Snowfall was expected to lighten around noon.

The release listed other overnight snowfall totals from around the Anchorage bowl and surrounding areas ranging from 0.3 inches in Eagle River to 7 inches at a Hillside location south of O'Malley Road. Turnagain Pass was reporting 8 inches at 5:45 a.m. Monday.

The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation's Glen Alps webcam showed what appeared to be several inches of snow Monday morning.

A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service calling for the snow to continue remained in effect through the morning.