Old Man Winter Departs Lower 48 But Not Alaska, 1-3″ Snows Expected For Anchorage Tonight!

Written by on May 18, 2013 in United States of America with 0 Comments

Old man winter may have finally have departed the Lower 48 but he hasn’t in Alaska. Believe it or not, south-central parts of the Last Frontier including the city of Anchorage is expecting an accumulating snow tonight. An event which could potentially bring the 2nd latest accumulating snow on record to Anchorage.

The NWS in Anchorage is expecting 1-3 inches of snow for the city while upwards of 6 inches may fall in the surrounding hills. The weird and wacky North American spring STILL exits.

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The unusual late spring cold and snow ended during the past week in breath taking down fashion down across the Lower 48 when Minneapolis reported snow flakes and several cities recorded record or near record lows only to rise 50 to nearly 60 degrees within 36 hours to ‘hottest temps so early’, 101 was reached in Omaha, Neb within 2 weeks of record SNOW, likewise in Sioux City, Iowa where they had record May snow and even a 2nd coldest Mother’s Day on record only to soar to 106, the hottest May day on record just 48 hours later. Minneapolis, Minn hit 98, the hottest so early.

This weekend will likely present the Plains and Midwest with the first big severe weather outbreak of spring thanks to much higher dew points reaching way north into Iowa, even Minnesota and Wisconsin (60s and 70s) with all ingredients finally coming together.

So, while Anchorage held in the unseasonable 30s with snow expected tonight, Amarillo, Texas reached 100 while cities to the south soared into the upper 100s to near 110. Amarillo’s 100 was just shy of the earliest such reading on record. Dallas hit 90 for the first time this season. The heat is now on and here to stay down in the Lone Star State!

The late snows up over southern Alaska come on the heels of one of, if not thee COLDEST spring on record across Alaska. According to an article published on weather.com, Anchorage has witnessed 43 straight days BELOW average. Tonight’s potential 1″+ snow for Anchorage would also set a record for the longest snow season on record as the first snows fell in the city way back on September 29, 2012, so while it’s not wanting to leave, winter also began way earlier than normal. One thing that is sure. It’s going to be a short summer this year for folks from Anchorage up to Barrow on the Arctic coast..

Of course it’s not just Alaska but spring has been much colder than normal all the way down to South Texas as you can see from the below surface temperature anomaly between April 1 and May 14.

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