Heavy snow in Anchorage has sent some large cargo flights further north, to Latitude 64, giving Fairbanks residents a rare sight. The Fairbanks International Airport welcomed a few heavies to stop in their way to and from Asia and the Lower 48 and even made a seasonal song out of the occasion:
Oh the weather down south is frightful,
Anchorage runway is not delightful.
And when they have nowhere to go,
We’ll take more, we’ll take more, we’ll take more!
A snowstorm in Southcentral has brought up to 22 inches of snow to Anchorage, included over 12.2 inches at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, and more than 22 inches on the Hillside. A report from Eagle River showed 14 inches of snow. Up to two more inches is expected today, with up to four inches in East Anchorage. A flood watch is in effect as some areas will see snow turning into rain.
As nightfall comes to Southcentral, rain on top of snow may turn in to a glaze of ice as temperatures drop again, and travelers can expect more difficulties in Southcentral for the next few days, as it will take time to clear roads and runways.