Anchorage continues to see daily snowfall records and large accumulations.
After 1 a.m., the winter storm warning is still in effect Sunday
The winter storm warning is still in effect Sunday
In Anchorage, Alaska (KTUU) – Snowfall at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport surpassed the previous record of 4.4 inches established in 2009, according to the National Weather Service office at 4 p.m. Saturday.
By midday on Saturday, the meteorological service had already surpassed the March 5 record with a reading of 7.8 inches at the airport.
Saturday’s record was also good enough for a place in the top-20 of all-time records. Official record-keeping at the airport began in the early 1950s and this snowfall ranks 18th in terms of total inches of snowfall.
At this point, total storm accumulations in the Anchorage Bowl (including Eagle River) and Hillside (including 14-20 inches) are 12-16 inches and 14-20 inches, respectively, with locally greater amounts forecast for both locations from 1 p.m. to midnight.
An upgraded winter storm warning went into place at 10:15 a.m. Saturday and will last until 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Snow is expected to continue throughout the day, turning moderate to heavy in the afternoon and continuing into the early evening, with snowfall rates in the 1-2 inch per hour range. After midnight, the intensity will begin to fade, and it is predicted to be over by the next morning.
Make sure you have enough time to get where you’re going if you have to travel. Also, give yourself more braking distance from the driver in front of you. Roads are slick, to say the least, due to the presence of ice beneath the snow. Caution should be observed when stopping at junctions, moving into on and off ramps, as well as crossing bridges and overpasses.