Record snowfall in Alaska

Breaks previous record set in 1948.

Fairbanks North Star Borough Schools were closed on Monday as the region dug out from more than a foot of snow — in places much more — that fell over the Easter weekend.

Average April snowfall – for the entire month! – is 2.9″.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities asked people to avoid traveling on the Parks Highway, as plows were unable to keep up from the falling and drifting snow. Some freezing rain also was reported in the area Saturday night.

Scattered power outages were reported on Monday morning, and more were expected.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, unofficial measurements showed more than 19 inches of snow on Old Murphy Dome Road, 14 inches in Goldstream and almost a foot in Two Rivers. The official measurement on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus was 12.4 inches.

That’s a new two-day April snowfall record for Fairbanks, according to Weather Service measurements, eclipsing the previous record of 11.4 inches, set in 1948.

According to climatologist Rick Thoman, (@AlaskaWx) “big snows (or rain) in Fairbanks in April are unusual. Past 106 years only six storms produced 6″ (15cm) or more accumulation in two days.”

Thoman also noted that the snowfall for Fairbanks between March 29-April 3 would be at least 21 inches, well more than the 1948 record of 16.9″.

Average April snowfall is 2.9″.

After the storm, temperatures in the Interior were expected to drop sharply, with lows in the double digits below zero by midweek, according to the National Weather Service. (As I write this at 9:30 am on April 7, the temperature in Fairbanks is -11F (-24C.)

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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April 7, 2021 at 09:33AM

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