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Fairbanks gets a small dose of snow, more expected today

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Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012 11:16 pm

FAIRBANKS — It wasn’t much and it was a day earlier than the National Weather Service predicted but the first “real” snowfall of the year was reported on Sunday in Fairbanks.

The National Weather Service said four-tenths of an inch fell at Fairbanks International Airport between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. It was the first measurable snowfall of the season.

The source of the snow was a “has-been weather front coming up from the Southeast,” meteorologist Dan Hancock said. The weather service had not predicted the snow.

“It turns out it had not wimped out as much as we thought so we got a few tenths of an inch of snow out of it,” Hancock said.

The first official snowfall was almost two weeks late. The average date of the first measurable snowfall at the airport is Oct. 1.

Residents in Alaska’s second-largest city can expect more snow today. The weather service issued a statement on Saturday that said to expect up to 3 inches of snow in the eastern Interior on today and Tuesday and that forecast still holds true, though Fairbanks likely will only get about an inch of snow out of it, Hancock said.

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