Thursday, October 10, 2013

Elevation Dependent Snow

As often happens in September and early October, snowfall Wednesday around Fairbanks was strongly elevation dependent. Valley elevations received almost two tenths of an inch of rain but hardly any snow, while elevations above 1500' MSL saw a significant whitening. Fairbanks Airport received just a trace of snow, UAF West Ridge 0.1" but Keystone Ridge (1600' MSL) had 3.2" with 0.43" total precipitation. The Wednesday evening photos below from UAF West Ridge and Keystone ridge, which are only about 1000' difference in elevation, illustrate the persisting difference.

Courtesy of ACRC

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