Winter returns to Southcentral
For many in the Valley and out Turnagain Arm, winter returned Wednesday morning.
While some areas got rain, fresh snow also blanketed parts of Southcentral. A few locations picked up enough to prompt a round of late-season snow removal.
Cold air and another storm on the heels of this one mean snow stays in the forecast.
Temperatures played a big part in who saw snow and who saw rain. Anchorage stayed warm enough that it was nearly all rain.
Heading out the Glenn highway, however, rain quickly changed to snow. Early morning reports put the rain/snow line near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson with snow accumulating on roadways from Eagle River to the Mat-Su Valley.
Here are some snowfall totals from around Southcentral:
Residents took to social media to share images of what fell in their yards. Seeing the snow really helps put it all into perspective. Hatcher Pass seemed to be the bull's-eye with some areas receiving close to a foot as of 10 a.m.!
KTVA anchor Dave Goldman let us know the snow didn’t miss the Hillside.
Eagle River mountain picked up about 7 inches of snow overnight. Thanks to Aaron Brown we can see what that looks like!
Knik Goose Bay Road near Settler’s Bay reported 5 inches of new snow. In Hayden Crist's photos, it sure looks like a lot more than that!
Totals varied around the Valley. Palmer picked up between 1 and 3 inches. KTVA photojournalist Heather Hintze shared this view of the big flakes in Palmer.
Wasilla saw anywhere from 1 to 4 inches. Anderson Lake reported 2 inches.
More to Come
Fresh snow on the ground reminds us that we are still in Alaska and April can bring fresh snow. This last front dropped temperatures to levels we haven’t seen in almost two months, and with another storm set to move in late this week, snow is back in the forecast.
Friday morning looks to be very similar to what we saw to start the day on Wednesday. Overnight precipitation mixing with cold air means we are looking at a very similar pattern. At this point in time, forecast models are predicting a little accumulation in Anchorage and potentially a few inches in the Valley on top of what has already fallen.
Be sure to stay with the KTVA weather team for the latest.
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