Tuesday’s heavy snowfall covered Juneau in a wet, heavy blanket, setting a Juneau record in the process.
The National Weather Service measured snowfall in various locations around town, and Tuesday’s snowfall far surpassed records for March 14 in many of them. The 7.4 inches that fell at the Juneau Forecast Office broke the previous record of 4.3 inches set in 2007, while the 4.7 inches of snowfall at Lena Point dwarfed the previous record of 1.1 inch, also set in 2007.
The 7.2 inches at the Juneau International Airport broke the record of 4.2 inches that was set in 1969, and the weather service stated that between Sunday and Tuesday, 20.8 inches fell at the airport.
Kimberly Vaughn, a forecaster for the weather service, said having a major downfall in March isn’t odd. There’s enough Arctic air coming down through Southeast Alaska that the weather stays just cold enough for just long enough to produce heavy snow.