Alaska's Largest City Breaks Seasonal Snow Record

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A spring snowfall has broken the nearly
60-year-old seasonal snow record of Alaska's largest city.

Inundated with nearly double the snow they're used to, Anchorage
residents have expected the record of 132.6 inches set in the
winter of 1954-55 to be broken.

The 3.4 inches that fell by Saturday afternoon brings the total
to 133.6 inches. National Weather Service meteorologist Shaun
Baines says forecasters don't expect more than an inch of
additional accumulation.

Before a dumping of wet snow Friday, none had fallen since
mid-March, giving residents a chance to clear snow-laden roofs and
crews an opportunity to widen streets squeezed by snow.

Extreme weather has also struck the Lower 48, where the first
three months of 2012 has seen twice the normal number of tornadoes
and one of the warmest winters on record.

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