Christmas Snow

By: Levi32 , 5:23 PM GMT on December 23, 2007

**UPDATE 9:30 am**

NWS has issued a winter weather advisory for Anchor Point southward. Gusty winds to 40mph and moderate snowfall will reduce visibilities to near zero this morning continuing into this afternoon. Snow accumulation of 4-8 inches possible through early afternoon. This is probably a result of the strong cold air advection from the west. Temperatures are dropping fast, and this produces our type of lake-effect snow, which when in the right conditions can bury us in feet upon feet of snow, but I doubt this is one of those times.

AKZ121-240100-
/X.NEW.PAFC.WW.Y.0002.071223T1831Z-071224T0100Z/
WESTERN KENAI PENINSULA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...KENAI...SOLDOTNA...HOMER...
COOPER LANDING
931 AM AST SUN DEC 23 2007

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM AST THIS
AFTERNOON FOR ANCHOR POINT SOUTH...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ANCHORAGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM AST THIS
AFTERNOON.

MODERATE SNOW CONTINUES TO FALL FROM ANCHOR POINT AND SOUTH. SNOW COMBINED
WITH GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH ARE PRODUCING LOCAL
VISIBILITIES TO ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS. SNOW WILL CONTINUE
THROUGH THIS MORNING AND SLOWLY TAPER OFF THIS AFTERNOON.
ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND
LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING.

$$
FPAK51PAFC_AKZ121
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Previous entry:
Another large low has moved into the eastern gulf spreading snow across southcentral. Normally the west side wouldn't reach us, but all this cold air is bolstering the west side allowing overrunning warm air to create snow. Homer is getting the worst of it this morning, with 3-6 inches forecasted today. Tonight will see a small break with scattered snow and a couple more inches as the low moves off to the southeast. On Christmas Eve a new storm currently south of the Aleutian Islands will move just east of Kodiak up near Seward strengthening as it goes. This is another classic storm track for heavy snow, although the NWS is only calling for 2-4 inches at this time. Cold air remains entrenched fairly well over the interior of the state, and as long as the jetstream carries these storms east of our longitude before coming north, we're going to see lots of snow :). Merry Christmas to all! Enjoy it if it's white, and if it's not, enjoy it anyway for what it is!

We shall see what happens!







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Webcam overlooking Homer and Kachemak Bay:


Webcam mounted on Peterson Bay weather station looking across toward Homer:


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7. sullivanweather
7:35 AM GMT on December 24, 2007
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6. Levi32
2:25 AM GMT on December 24, 2007
Thanks everybody! Merry Christmas to you all!

Yes that ice video is really neat, thanks AKSnow :)

5:30 snow has stopped. 16 inches on the ground total, and expecting more tomorrow, possibly rain mix at sea level, but all snow at my house =)

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and happy new year!
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5. AKSnowLuvr
12:11 AM GMT on December 24, 2007
That was me!!! (The ice booming videos!) hee hee!! Heard it again today as we were attempting to ice fish in Kenai. Not so much noise this time. I just fed the fish... our friend did all the catching! LOL!
3:10pm and lightly snowing here in Sterling. All the shopping is done, and we're settling in, hoping to be snowed in by Tuesday. Happy holidays, Levi!!
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4. Gatorxgrrrl
9:49 PM GMT on December 23, 2007
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3. quasigeostropic
8:15 PM GMT on December 23, 2007
Hey shoreacres, we have a Christmas cactus that blooms right on time for Christmas. How do you suppose they know "when" to bloom? They seem to be precisely on time each yr.
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2. shoreacres
8:11 PM GMT on December 23, 2007
Hi, Levi!

Such a nice blog, as usual. I like the addition of the webcam. It may have been here before, and I just never noticed, but it really helps to give the "feel" of your place in the world. Did you happen to see the video post from another Alaskan with the sound of the ice settling? That was (you should excuse the phrase) SO COOL!

I just wanted to drop by and wish you and your family and Merry Christmas, and offer my best wishes for the New Year. Here's a photo of a flower from my huge Christmas cactus. I've had the plant for nearly ten years now, and it always has bloomed right on time.

Enjoy your Christmas snow!

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1. Levi32
5:31 PM GMT on December 23, 2007
Radar view of snow falling in my area.

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