The annual snowfall record in Anchorage is being challenged late this week as a storm aims for south-central Alaska.
A storm plowing into the Bering Sea will reorganize over the northern coast of the Gulf of Alaska Friday into Friday night.
While the storm itself will not be huge, it may be enough to crash Anchorage's annual snowfall record.
According to Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski, "As of March 22, 2012, snowfall in the City of Lights and Flowers stands at 129.4 inches. The annual snowfall record for the city is 132.6 inches."
Anchorage has already received their normal snowfall for March, and they still have over a week to go.
In addition, the city typically receives several inches of snow during April.
"If the storm coming Friday into the first part of the weekend doesn't deliver the 3.3 inches of snow to break the record, there's still a good chance it will be broken before the snow season ends in early May," Pydynowski said.
The upcoming storm is forecast to bring a general 1 to 3 inches of snow, but amounts in the area will vary quite a bit as they always do because of local effects produced by the highly varied terrain.
Both giant storms and consistent lesser events over the winter have buried south-central Alaska in yards of snow. The hardest-hit areas have been along the north shore of the Gulf of Alaska.
It's Cold Too
It's not warm everywhere.
According to Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews, "It's cold even by Alaska standards."
Winter is hanging on over much of the state, despite the warmth in the eastern two-thirds of the lower 48 states and the Canada Prairies.
Temperature departures in Anchorage for March thus far are nearly 7 degrees below normal. In Fairbanks, the departure is around 9 degrees below normal, and in Nome, it is over 14 degrees below normal.
Indications are the colder-than-average air will hang on through at least the end of the month in most of Alaska.
Unsettled weather will rule in Atlanta this weekend and into the new week, with the chance of thunderstorms each day.
Dallas will see continued periods of heat and dry weather with temperatures expected to reach 100 F Sunday and Monday.
It was a busy week around the globe for severe weather as Typhoon Neoguri inundated Japan, deadly storms wreaked havoc across the Northeast and sweltering heat moved into the Northwest.
Commemorating French Independence Day, the city of New Orleans will celebrate Bastille Day this weekend, but storms may half festivities.
The mercury will continue to soar in Seattle throughout the weekend and into early next week with temperatures reaching near record highs Sunday through Tuesday.
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Virginia Beach, VA (1990)
8.9 inches of rain in the Pembroke section of the city resulted in major flooding.
Columbus, OH (1992)
A total of 5.11 inches of rain caused major flooding in the city.
Pinellas Co., FL (1992)
A tornado blew a catamaran into a car, injuring six people.