Anchorage Reaches 100" of Snow at Fastest Pace on Record

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1 Feb 2024 1:45 AM

We understand. This is Alaska in the wintertime and they get snow. Yes. However how much snow the city has received is worth noting.

(When you see a Jeep buried in the snow in Alaska, you know you're dealing with an epic winter)

According to the climate books in Anchorage, the city hit the 100-inch mark (for seasonal snow) at its earliest date on record! As of Wednesday, January 31 Anchorage has received 104.9" of snow. If the season were to end today, with no additional snow falling, that mark would rank as 8th-snowiest winter on record! The average snowfall in Anchorage is about 75" and we've already had 30" more than that!

Coinciding with the incredibly-snowy January has been the well-below-zero temperatures! Alaska is no stranger to either of these weather conditions, but the one-two punch has impacted many Alaskans.

All of the recent heavy snow has added an incredible weight to area roofs through the city of Anchorage. There have been reports of collapsing roofs and people are climbing up to the top of structures to clear the heavy snowfall. Schools in Anchorage were even closed on Monday and students had a remote day. That's impressive to close school in Alaska!

The all-time snowiest winter season on record was 2011-2012 when 134.5" of snow fell in Anchorage. During February, March, and April the city averages another 28 inches of snow. If the city were to receive that amount this season, it would make 2023-2024 the second-snowiest on record.

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