|04-09-2012, 03:38 AM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Cypress, Texas, USA
New Snowfall Record for Anchorage
The new record snowfall for Anchorage now stands at 134.5 inches breaking the previous record set in the winter of 1954-1955.
The abundant snow has strained the city's street-clearing budget. From October through March, the city spent $11.9 million on snow removal, compared to $8.1 million over the same period last winter.
With many snow storage sites full, the Anchorage Assembly created temporary storage areas in late February. Some of the snow piles are expected to last through the summer.
Several roofs in Anchorage have caved in under the weight of accumulated snow, including the roof of a church auditorium.
There are similar concerns about roofs in the towns of Valdez and Cordova, where the snowpack is much higher than normal.
The National Weather Service warned that flooding is a possibility once the snow melts. And avalanches can occur as warmer weather arrives and loosens accumulated snow and ice.
A 32-year-old woman was critically injured on Friday when a large chunk of ice tumbled down a slope and crushed her pickup truck on the Seward Highway, which carries traffic south from Anchorage.
Winter sports enthusiasts have reveled in the record snowfall.
Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, the state's largest ski area, is enjoying a banner season. And Chugach Powder Guides, a Girdwood company that runs helicopter tours, is almost completely booked.