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Fairbanks hit by biggest winter storm of season so far

After a smattering of snow on Saturday, Fairbanks saw a winter storm kick into full gear on...
After a smattering of snow on Saturday, Fairbanks saw a winter storm kick into full gear on Sunday.(Richard Atkin/KTVF)
Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 4:29 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - After a smattering of snow on Saturday, Fairbanks saw a winter storm kick into full gear on Sunday.

According to Erin Billings, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks, this is the largest storm the Interior has seen this season, dumping 8-10 inches of snow in the Tanana Valley so far. “Here at our office, we had 8.8 inches, and we saw as much as 15 inches down towards Healy.”

Some of the hills around Fairbanks saw higher numbers than the valley. “Depending on what direction those slopes are facing, you did see some of the higher values, so you would see values more probably, maybe 10 to 12 inches,” Billings said.

There’s more snow coming, according to Billings. “We’re going to see another round of snow as we go into this evening and tonight (Monday), where you could see another 3 inches or so.”

The National Weather Service urges drivers to be cautious. “Be prepared, especially if you’re going to be going out,” Billings added. “Make sure you have a snow shovel, maybe a tow strap, especially if you’re going to be out in the hills.”

While the Interior is expected to get a break as the week goes on, there may be a snowy cloud on the horizon for next weekend. “We have a potential to see another storm event similar to this one, where we could see another 8 to 10 inches of snow,” Billings warned.

Updates on the current situation can be found here.

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