Anchorage sees snowiest April in years
As winter breathes what will likely be its last sigh across Southcentral, it does so by dumping more snow over a seven day period than Anchorage has seen in many weeks. Not only that, but the city also saw its longest stretch of days with snow on record this late in the season.
Although the month of April started off on a warm and dry note, winter made a sudden comeback. This occurred as a low pulling in colder air from the north coincided with storms that were drifting into Southcentral.
According to National Weather Service climate records, April was on track to become the fourth warmest April on record, with an average temperature of 40.4 degrees by April 16. It was the second warmest first half of the month on record, with 2016 being the warmest. However, thanks to the return to winter, the spring warmth was pushed aside, as temperatures struggling to climb out of the upper 30s and lower 40s drove our average temperature down.
It was this stretch of cold that brought Anchorage the most April snow it has seen since April 2013. A breakdown of the snow totals also highlighted the most snow Anchorage has seen in a single day since December 14th.
The 8.6 inches of snow falling this month is enough to place this April in the top 12 snowiest Aprils on record, pushing our seasonal total to 64.5 inches of snow.
Anchorage wasn't the only one shattering records this month in snowfall totals, as Nome is closing in only nearly 110 inches of snow just for the season. It's the seventh snowiest season on record, with five of those records occurring since 2000. A big reason for the increased snow over Western Alaska can be attributed to the loss of sea ice, which provides more moisture for incoming storms to work with.
As we finally pull our way back out of our second winter, spring looks to take root across Southcentral and stick around.
With high-pressure building back into the region, plenty of sunshine and highs in the 50s are expected as we head into the coming days. It's quite possible that our warmest stretch of weather we've seen all year will arrive into next week, where highs will climb into the mid 50s as early as Monday.
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