Snowfall may take two-day break

Thursday brought 6 inches of snow to Mendenhall Valley

Posted: Friday, February 04, 2005

The snow that started falling on Juneau on Tuesday could taper off early today, but a cold front should bring more Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.

"This run of snow started because we had some areas of low pressure and they tracked across the south part of Alaska, south of Juneau," said meteorologist Tracey Ress. "That allowed cool air to pull in over the Juneau area and bring in moisture."

Thursday's snowfall brought 6 inches at the National Weather Service office in the Mendenhall Valley and 5.7 inches at Juneau International Airport.

Although Thursday's snow accumulation was close to that on Tuesday, Thursday's commute was uneventful compared with the drive home Tuesday, Juneau Police Sgt. Steve Hernandez said.

Police had been notified of a car in a ditch, a couple of disabled vehicles and minor fender-benders. By the same time Tuesday, police reported they had learned of eight vehicles in ditches adjacent to Egan Drive.

While people still need to take caution in snowy conditions, Hernandez said the snow was more treacherous Tuesday.

"It isn't freezing," he added Thursday.

Ress said more Arctic air is coming for the weekend. "We will have sunny skies for Saturday and partly cloudy skies for Sunday," she said.

Although a front will bring snow Sunday night through Monday, the snow is expected to change into rain Monday afternoon or evening.

So far, the airport has reported 68.7 inches of snow while the weather service office has had 86.7 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Services.

The snowfall this winter hasn't broken any records yet. The most snow Juneau has received in one day was 30.6 inches, on March 21, 1948. The most snowfall Juneau has had in one season occurred in 1994, with 212.1 inches.

• Empire reporter Tony Carroll contributed to this report.

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