Alaska Snow Report

April 16 2024
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Alaska SNOW REPORT

April 16 2024


New snowfall across Alaska today, with Kelly Station receiving up to 3” of new snowfall, raising snowpack levels up to 28”.

Snowpack levels across the state are currently 119% of normal. The deepest snowpack in Alaska was last observed at Mt. Alyeska with a snowpack depth of 102”, about 134% of normal when compared to it's 76" average depth for this time of year. Atigun Pass, perched at an elevation of 4,800 ft., is currently experiencing some of the coldest temps in Alaska with air temps last recorded at 18 degrees.

More snowfall is expected this week, and areas like Mcneil River Sgs are forecasted to receive up to 53" of snowfall in the next 5 days.

SNOWPACK DISTRIBUTION

QUICK STATS

RECENT SNOWFALL TOTALS

Snowpack conditions in Alaska vary across different mountain ranges, affecting the state's runoff rivers, watersheds, and winter climate. The Chugach Mountains, located in south-central Alaska, receive heavy snowfall due to the moist maritime climate. This snowpack provides crucial water resources for the Matanuska and Copper River basins, supporting agriculture and fisheries. The Alaska Range, home to the iconic Denali (North America's tallest peak), experiences drier snow conditions due to its interior location. Snowmelt from this range feeds into the Susitna and Tanana Rivers. The Brooks Range in northern Alaska receives lighter snowfall and contributes to the flow of the Koyukuk and Colville Rivers. Alaska's winter climate is greatly influenced by the Aleutian Low and the Arctic Oscillation, leading to varying snowfall patterns each year. Interesting facts about snow science in Alaska include the use of ground-penetrating radar to measure snow depth and the study of snow crystal structures to understand the stability and avalanche potential of the snowpack.




Storm Forecast

FAIRBANKS - INTERIOR SEWARD PENINSULA
9 INCHES

FAIRBANKS - SOUTHERN SEWARD PENINSULA COAST
6 TO 9 INCHES

FAIRBANKS - KIVALINA AND RED DOG DOCK
6 INCHES

FAIRBANKS - UPPER KOBUK VALLEYS
UP TO 4 INCHES

FAIRBANKS - BALDWIN PENINSULA
2 INCHES

FAIRBANKS - SHISHMAREF; BERING STRAIT COAST
3 TO 5 INCHES

FAIRBANKS - EASTERN NORTON SOUND AND NULATO HILLS
UP TO 4 INCHES

FAIRBANKS - NOATAK VALLEY
6 TO 10 INCHES

FAIRBANKS - WESTERN ARCTIC COAST
1 TO 6 INCHES

FAIRBANKS - CENTRAL BROOKS RANGE
UP TO ONE INCH

FAIRBANKS - SOUTH SLOPES OF THE CENTRAL BROOKS RANGE
UP TO 4 INCHES


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