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Anchorage Alaska Snow Totals Reach Record-Breaking Levels, Causing Roofs to Collapse

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While the north-central portions of the nation have seen snowfall amounts that have largely fallen well below the historical average this winter, Anchorage, Alaska snow totals have been taking it on the chin.

On the other side of the country, New England is also looking to see favorable conditions for winter sports enthusiasts heading into the weekend. Here is a look at where the snow is actually falling in the U.S.

Anchorage, Alaska Could See Record-Breaking Snowfall This Winter

Nobody has ever accused Alaska of not producing enough snow. However, this winter's amounts have been even higher than usual.

The major city of Anchorage, Alaska snow totals typically averages about 6.5 feet every winter. The city in the south-central corner of the state hit 8.3 feet on Monday, the earliest in the season that it has ever reached this level.

Keep in mind that the city averages over 28 inches of snow between the months of February and May, meaning that there is certainly more of the white stuff on the way.

In fact, meteorologists predict that the city could beat its standing record of 11.2 feet of snow over a season, set during the winter of 2011 and 2012.

While the heavy snow is creating a winter wonderland, it is also wreaking havoc on an area that is accustomed to seeing harsh conditions.

Roofs are beginning to collapse on commercial buildings throughout Anchorage under the weight of the snow. Residents are being advised to shovel snow from their home roofs to avoid collapses.

The city of Juneau in southeastern Alaska is also reporting above-normal snowfall measurements. The official weather station in the city was sitting at 89.7 inches for the season, almost three feet above the historical average.

In the center of the state, Fairbanks has recorded 53.8 inches, translating to 10.3 inches above the historical average by this point in the season.


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