More Snow On The Way For Anchorage

The National Weather Service is predicting another round of significant snow for Southcentral Alaska, from the Mat-Su Valley down to the Kenai Peninsula, this weekend. The storm is expected to hit Saturday afternoon, with the heaviest snowfall Saturday evening into Sunday morning. The forecast calls for between 4 and 10 inches of snow in the Anchorage area, with the highest amounts along the hillside. Dave Snider is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Anchorage. He says big snows aren’t especially unusual this time of year.

“Three of our top five high snow fall totals for just one day occurred in March and April. Back in 2008, we set a record about this time of the year for 15 1/2 inches of snow. So it can come down and it can come down pretty hard and fast as well even in this late part of the wintertime or spring, if you like to call it that.”

Snider says the highest amounts will fall over the Chugach mountains and the western parts of Prince William Sound. And he says even more snow is forecast for the region for the early part of next week.

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