Think it's spring, right? Here in Dallas, temperatures are hovering at 80 degrees. Lawns are being mowed, tulips are blooming, and people have dug out their sandals and shorts. I love springtime!
In Alaska, however, it is a different story. Typically, in Alaska, February and March are the dreariest months. After enduring four months of winter and darkness, cabin fever sits in by february 15th. Most everyone takes a Hawaiian or Mexican vacation in the two dreaded months, simply to regain some sanity. Breakup doesn't usually occur until the end of April or mid-May, so springtime in Alaska is always delayed. This year, it's looking like it may be delayed even longer, considering the amount of snow they've gotten, and are still getting...as of today. The picture below was taken yesterday in Fairbanks.
A winter storm warning was issued Tuesday and continues through 6 p.m. today. Some areas on west-facing hilltops could see as much as 26 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Another 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected today with storm totals ranging between 14 and 26 inches. Snow showers are expected to taper off tonight.
“It’s piling up pretty well out there,” meteorologist Cary Freeman with the weather service in Fairbanks said on Tuesday morning.
A travel advisory was issued for the Fairbanks area due to heavy blowing snow.
I talked to my brother yesterday and he said 'oh, yeah, the snow will start melting any day now. It's clear and sunny. Really nice out!'
He is a true Alaskan!