Over the previous few days, the forecast for Fairbanks had been calling for snow between 1 and 2 inches with temperatures in the teens below zero. The old adage that it is too cold to snow is not exactly accurate. However, it can be too cold to snow a whole lot. That is why Barrow has the lowest annual snowfall of all first-order stations in Alaska.
On Saturday (11/14/2013), Fairbanks received 1.7" of snow with a daily average temperature of 0°F. Looking at the chart below, that is only a few degrees colder than a typical 1"-2" snowfall day during the winter months. On Sunday (11/15/2013), Fairbanks received 0.9" of snow with a daily average temperature of -7°F. That is about 5° colder than a typical snow under 1". Some of the minimum temperature vs. snow amounts are remarkable. The 'Trace' amounts may consist of ice crystals in many instances. Still it is difficult to fathom receiving 1"-2" of snow with a daily average under -35°F!