First Snow In Anchorage


by Ryan Overton

 Its an obvious question. When will Anchorage see its first measurable snowfall? No surprise we haven't seen any yet. It has been an extremely warm fall, in fact so warm it was the warmest October on record! Can we set any snow records? It will be interesting to see when it actually first snows.


Records have been kept for nearly a hundred years now so we have a pretty good idea. Now every date that I reference here will have been with 0.10 inches of snow or more. Its hard to measure anything less than that.

Photo Courtesy of the National Weather Service


For starters, the earliest date that we have seen 0.10" or more was September 20th, 1947 and the latest date for 0.10" of snow or more was November 13th, 2002. It's a wide gap with the average first snowfall coming in the middle of October. Now with October ending and November starting tomorrow more records could be made as we flirt with freezing temps the next several days.


Below is the list of when snow first fell in Anchorage that was 0.10" or more from the last 20 years.

1993- Oct 17th

1994- Oct 8th

1995- Oct 14th

1996- Sept 21st

1997- Oct 14th

1998- Oct 17th

1999- Oct 13th

2000- Oct 12th

2001- Oct 11th

2002- Nov 13th - (Latest recorded first snowfall date)

2003- Nov 10th

2004- Sept 25th

2005- Oct 28th

2006- Oct 26th

2007- Oct 23rd

2008- Oct 6th

2009- Nov 8th

2010- Nov 2nd

2011- Oct 30th

2012- Sept 29th

2013- ???????


We will continue to watch for that elusive first snow!

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