Record low January snowfall for Alaska’s largest cities
Alaska’s three largest cities didn’t pick up much snow in January.
For the first time since 1942, Juneau had no measurable snowfall during January. The average is 27.3 inches, but only a trace of snow was recorded during the entire month, tying 2016 with 1942 as the least snowiest January on record. Warmer than normal temperatures led to a lack of snow and a wetter than normal month, with 6.53 inches of rain recorded.
January 2016 is the second lowest snowfall recorded in Fairbanks, where a meager 0.8 inches of snow fell the entire month. Only January 1966 had less snow, with 0.7 inches recorded. The average January snowfall in Fairbanks is 10.3 inches. The month also goes down as the ninth warmest on record, coming in around 11 degrees above average. The coldest temperature recorded in Fairbanks this winter was minus 29 on Christmas day. On average, Fairbanks records a temperature of 30 below zero or colder around December 3.
Anchorage picked up 3.5 inches of snow during January, well below the average of 11.3 inches. Even the record low 2014-2015 snow season saw nearly six inches of snow in January. However, the month doesn’t beat the least snowiest January on record for the city, which occurred in 1974 with 0.5 inches.
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