Early Snow in the Forecast
After record winter last year, emotions are mixed
ANCHORAGE - You don’t have to look far to see that winter is on the way. In fact, snow is in the forecast for the Anchorage area as early as tomorrow. Alaskans are no strangers to snow but even some old timers say they don’t want another winter like last year.
“I really like winter here but I’ve heard the coming winter may be like last year,” says Shirley Germaine who has weathered 47 winters in Anchorage so far. “That was just too much snow to have year after year after year.”
Memories from last year’s record snow may be why snow blowers started selling in July at some local Lowe's stores. And why appointments to switch to snow tires at Alaska Tire Service are filling up fast.
APU’s cross country ski team is pounding the pavement on roller skies, but coach Erik Flora says he’d rather see them on powder.
“The earlier the snow, the better the training and the better the results,” says Flora, “So I'm always hoping for a little bit of early snow.”
But maybe the birds at Potter Marsh have it right. That’s where a dozen or more trumpeter swans have landed for a brief stay until they head to places south. It’s a beautiful reminder that seasons in southcentral are changing fast. And that another winter will soon be on the way.