Anchorage's First Snow

October 2018

The first significant snow of autumn fell across the Anchorage area and the lower Mat-Su valley on October 29. Amounts though were highly variable, not all of which were due to elevation differences. West Anchorage, including the International Airport, received less than an inch of snow, while midtown and east Anchorage picked up 1 to 3"  (3-7cm) accumulation. In Eagle River, 9" (23cm) of snow was reported. A general 8-12" (20-30cm) of snow fell in the Palmer Area, with 4-8" i(10-20cm) in Wasilla, though amounts were much lower not far west of Wasilla. Higher amounts reported at higher elevations, including  8-12" (20-30cm) on the Anchorage Hillside and 18" (46cm) on Hiland Drive, southeast of Eagle River, at 2200' elevation. In many areas travel was significantly hindered as road surfaces were largely above freezing, creating very icy conditions. 

High Snow

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