Second snowiest January on record for Anchorage
The snow that fell across the Anchorage Bowl Friday night and Saturday added up to 6.2 inches officially at the National Weather Service office on the west side of town.
This storm brought Anchorage’s snowfall total up to 31.7 inches for the month of January, which is 21.2 inches above normal. Over 50 inches has fallen this season.
After setting records for daily snowfall at least twice this month, another record is in jeopardy. If at least 2.7 inches of snow falls between Sunday and Wednesday at midnight, this will be the snowiest January on record. As it stands, this would be the second snowiest January since records began in 1954.
Two storm systems have the potential to bring snow to Anchorage this week. The first is a weak front likely to only bring a trace to less than an inch of snow to Anchorage Sunday night into Monday.
Monday will likely start out with mostly sunny skies across Southcentral, but a storm moving in from the west will bring increasing clouds and eventually snow showers by Monday night. The best chances for snow are not until late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning when we should see at least 1 to 3 inches for the Anchorage Bowl.
Further west on the eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula and in the Prince William Sound, 3 to 6 inches are likely by Wednesday morning.
Once this storm passes midday Wednesday, it’s back to mostly clear and cooler conditions through the end of the week.