Fluffy and deep: Storm drops more than a foot of snow in Southcentral Alaska

Daisy Bass takes stock of the snow in the University Lake area on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Some parts of town had reported over 15 inches as of Thursday morning. (Annie Feidt/Alaska Public Media)

Many Anchorage residents were shoveling sidewalks and brushing off car windshields for the first time this year as the town got hit by its largest snowstorm of the season. 

Some parts of town are reporting over a foot of snow, including 15 inches reported as of 8:25 a.m. on Huffman and Birch Road on the Anchorage Hillside, according to the National Weather Service. Valdez reported 19 inches of powder at 6:40 a.m.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough until 4 p.m. on Thursday. There’s a winter storm warning in effect starting in Girdwood and covering the Southern Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound through 4 p.m. Thursday. 

The storm largely bypassed the Kenai Peninsula, but snow flurries and winds mean driving conditions could be difficult from Homer to the Mat-Su Borough, according to Alaska 511. 

NWS is forecasting up to four more inches of snow could fall throughout the day today in Anchorage. Forecasters say temperatures will drop to below normal for the rest of the week, so snow is likely to stay on the ground. ‘

Anchorage School District schools were in-service today, but the district announced that schools will close for practices and rehearsals at 11:30 a.m.

This story will be updated.

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