Snow falls in Anchorage with more on the way
Updated at 10:37 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1
Just hours into December, Anchorage has already picked up more snow this month than October and November combined, with 5.1 inches recorded since midnight. This is also about twice as much as the December 2015 total of 2.6 inches. This brings the 2016-2017 snow season total to just over 9 inches.
December is generally the snowiest month of the year for Anchorage, with an average monthly snowfall of 16.7 inches. Some other areas of the bowl recorded lesser totals.
Other areas in Southcentral have reported even more snow Thursday. Girdwood reported 6 inches in town, with 10 inches of snow recorded at the top of Alyeska in the last 24 hours. A storm-spotter in Valdez reports 11 inches of snow, with reports of lower amounts in Seward, Kenai and Homer.
The snow moved into Southcentral on Wednesday afternoon, and began falling in the Anchorage bowl after 9 p.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Sand Lake recorded 0.1 inch of snow before midnight, which brings the November snowfall total to 1.3 inches, making it Anchorage’s third least-snowiest November.
Snowfall increased during the overnight hours, with more than 3 inches recorded by 8 a.m. at the NWS office since midnight Thursday.
As of that time on Thursday, a release from the Anchorage Police Department reported one crash on the Glenn Highway at Ship Creek. The department stated that visibility is limited and urged motorists to use caution and slow down.
The heaviest snow expected in Anchorage will fall through midday, before snow tapers off into the afternoon hours. Another round of snow showers is expected to form late Thursday night and into the early morning hours on Friday, which could bring some additional light accumulation.
The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center stated Thursday morning that avalanche danger is considerable in alpine areas and at the treeline as new snow and sustained winds have loaded a weak snowpack.
KTVA meteorologist Rachael Penton contributed to this report.