While residents in the lower 48 have lived through a record-setting warm March, winter has been hanging on in Alaska. Snow continued to pile up right into the Easter weekend.
4.3 inches of snow fell Saturday in Anchorage and that pushed the season total to 134.5 inches. That’s the most snow ever recorded in Anchorage in a season. The previous record was 132.6 inches set in 1954-55. The normal snowfall to date is 71.8 inches.
La Nina, the cooling of equatorial waters in the eastern Pacific may be one of the factors behind the extreme snow season in Alaska this year. Jet stream winds have been stuck in the same pattern through most of the winter. A pattern that brings one storm after another into the state and keeps plenty of cold air locked up across northern latitudes.