It’s Snowing! (In Fairbanks, Alaska)
For much of the United States, from Maine to Alaska to Colorado, the 2016-17 winter has gotten off to an extremely slow start, with well above average temperatures pervading across much of the country.
While that general trend is holding true for much of the country as unseasonably warm conditions dominate the lower 48 in particular, it’s in Alaska where the first real taste of winter is, finally, being felt. Fairbanks saw about an inch of snow on Monday, slickening area roadways and providing interior Alaska’s largest city with an important dusting of the white stuff.
But even with this recent snowfall, Fairbanks is way behind average on its typical season-to-date totals. Through Sunday, the city had seen just 2.9″ of snow this season, way behind the 18.3″ the area would expect in an average season-to-date.
In Fairbanks, temperatures were 2.5° above average for the month of October. In Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, temperatures were a sizzling 9.5° above average for the full month, meaning America’s 49th state saw a rare fall-esque, intermediate split between summer and winter this year.
That said, Monday’s snow is the first part of a deep trough of low pressure expected to usher in more unsettled and colder weather to much of the country later this week, potentially bringing several cities in the continental U.S. their first snowfalls of the season as well.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this week’s possible snowfall and other big snow events this winter.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Cover photo courtesy: Downtown Fairbanks, Alaska