Snowfall Gives Way to Cold in Southcentral Alaska

A snowstorm that dumped 3 to 4 creeps of snow crosswise over quite a bit of Anchorage began facilitating up Tuesday evening, introducing another climate framework that may convey below zero temperatures to Alaska’s biggest city and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

By around 1 p.m. Tuesday, 5.3 creeps of snow had fallen at the National Weather Service’s Anchorage office in Sand Lake, said National Weather Service meteorologist Amber Hill. “Generally it appears like everybody had presumably 3 to 4 inches, perhaps somewhat more in regions,” Hill said. Bird River had less snow, she said. By Tuesday morning, the weather service office in West Anchorage had recorded 3.5 inches of new snow.

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“That already makes this the second-heaviest snowfall of the season — with only that 4.1 inches in the early part of January,” National Weather Service meteorologist Eddie Zingone said around 8:45 a.m. For Anchorage, forecasters expect snow to continue to fall until 7 p.m., with a chance of snow showers through early Wednesday.

Now, snowfall is forecast to give way to lower temperatures. A new Arctic trough has been hanging over Anchorage for a few days, Hill said.

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“The rest of the week is going to be clear but it is going to be getting a lot colder … compared to what we’ve had,” Hill said.

The National Weather Service is forecasting highs of 4 degrees Wednesday and 2 degrees on Thursday. Forecast lows were 2 degrees Tuesday night, minus 3 degrees Wednesday night and minus 6 degrees Thursday night at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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