The calendar says mid-May, but Alaska is shivering like March as unseasonably cold weather drapes the state from the North Slope to the Alaska Peninsula.
On Saturday, the National Weather Service station at Kodiak State Airport reported a low of 30 degrees, breaking the old record of 31, set in 1975.
The weather station even reported a trace of snow, the first time since 1991 that snow has fallen on May 18.
Snow was reported at higher elevations across Kodiak Island, and in Akhiok.
Snow is uncommon in May, but last year almost two inches fell on Kodiak over Mother’s Day weekend. This month, just shy of one inch of snow has fallen, bringing the official tally to 65.6 inches since the snow season began in September. That mark is 3.3 inches below average.
In the rest of the state, snow was more than a curiosity over the weekend. Four to eight inches fell in the Interior, blanketing tourists in Denali National Park and truck drivers on the Alaska Highway.
In Anchorage, snowfall Saturday extended that season’s snow season to 232 days, as measured from the first day of measurable snowfall (Sept. 29) to the last.
In Kodiak, no snow is in the forecast, but long-term records show flakes could still appear over the Emerald Isle. On May 31, 1969, a handful of flurries fell, one of the latest snowfalls on record.
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