Anchorage sees heat and snowfall records in single day

Fresh snow covers Anchorage on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. Photo by Julia O’Malley/Alaska Public Media)

Alaskans have experienced both a record high temperature and a record amount of snowfall in the same day.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the Municipality of Anchorage saw snowfall of more than a foot Saturday after tying a temperature record set in 1967.

The National Weather Service says the city tied the high-temperature record by reaching 45 degrees Fahrenheit around 3 a.m.

The weather service says southeast winds blew warm air into the city before the winds subsided, temperatures dropped and snow fell.

Snow levels at the weather service’s office broke the 1958 record of 8.3 inches by 1/10th of an inch.

Officials say the snow varied from 5 inches in the city to more than 12 inches in nearby Eagle River.