Fairbanks Alaska Gets Heavy Snow, Breaks Records

Fairbanks, Alaska is sure no stranger to snow, but this early season snowfall has people scratching their heads. For the second time in less than a week, Fairbanks was covered with heavy snow. The second storm, which happen on Tuesday was record breaking. Officially, 11.2 inches of snow fell at Fairbanks International Airport. This set an all-time September daily snow record. The previous record was 7.8 inches which was set back on the 13th of September in 1992. Additionally, the 11.2 inches of snow also broke the previous record for a 24 hour snowfall in September. Coincidentally, that record was also from September 13, 1992. Close to 10,000 people were left in the dark through Wednesday morning in Fairbanks. Many downed trees and branches due to trees still having their leaves. The schools in Fairbanks were closed Wednesday as well. Anchorage also measured its first snowfall with 2.8 inches Wednesday morning. This comes 2 weeks ahead of the average first snowfall in Alaska. In the mountains, up to a foot of snow fell Wednesday too. Quite the turnaround, because the first eight months of 2015 in Alaska were the second warmest period on record. 1981 being the warmest.

Meteorologist Kevin Arnone

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