Alaska, Montana Receive First Snowfalls of Season
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, September 20, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT
AccuWeather.com reports though the official start of fall has not yet arrived, some states are already getting their first measurable snowfalls of the season. Flurries moved into the Fairbanks area late Tuesday evening, bringing a trace amount of snow to the Fairbanks airport. It was not until the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 18, however, that 0.5 of an inch fell, becoming the first measurable amount this season. This is two weeks before the normal first measurable snowfall date of Oct. 1, according to the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.
The last occurrence of measurable snow at the Fairbanks airport was recorded on May 17, 2013, making this stretch of time the fourth-shortest snow-free period on record for the city.
Nearby areas did record some higher amounts than Fairbanks. Salcha, near Harding Lake, received 1.5 inches. College Hills and College Observatory receive 0.9 of an inch.
High elevations in Montana also accumulated the powder this week. Though the snow fell in elevations above any official recording sights, snow was observable on the webcam of the Big Sky resort. Opening day for the resort is not until Nov. 28.
By Jillian MacMath, staff writer for AccuWeather.com