Just half an inch of snow was recorded Friday, but that was enough to push Kodiak into record territory. Heading into the day, the National Weather Service station at Kodiak State Airport had reported 40 inches of snow.
By the start of Saturday, the total had broken the 40.4-inch record for January set in 2004.
Just a trace of snow was recorded Saturday, but another two-tenths of an inch pushed the month’s total to 40.7 inches by 7 p.m. Sunday evening.
With more than a full week remaining, this January is likely to blow the old record completely by the wayside.
As of press time, the weather service’s Anchorage forecasting office was predicting up to 2 inches of snowfall in Kodiak overnight, with another 2 inches possible today and a further 2 inches overnight Monday into Tuesday. Scattered snow showers are expected to persist through the week.
This latest snowfall is the result of a storm that at 5 p.m. Sunday was centered southwest of Kodiak Island. Computer models predicted the storm would drift east before becoming almost stationary over the western Gulf of Alaska, bringing moisture from the eastern Gulf into contact with cold air flowing south over Western Alaska.
Since winter began, almost 79 inches of snow has fallen on the city of Kodiak. November 2011 was the second-snowiest November on record for the city, and the reported snow depth at the airport on Sunday was 21 inches.
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