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First significant snow of the season in Fairbanks expected Monday

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Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012 10:36 pm | Updated: 11:36 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — It will be two weeks late and it probably won’t be enough to shovel or plow, but Fairbanks should get its first measurable snowfall of the season on Monday.

Snow is expected to develop across the eastern Interior on Monday and continue into Tuesday. The National Weather Service says as much as 3 inches of snow will fall, with the heaviest amounts east of Fairbanks near the Canadian border.

“I don’t know if we’ll get that much here,” said meteorologist Rick Thoman with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.

So far, only a trace of snow has been recorded at Fairbanks International Airport. That was on Sept. 29.

Usually, more than 5 inches of snow has fallen in Fairbanks by now. The average date for the first measurable snow at the airport is Oct. 1, Thoman said.

“Ninety percent of the time, we’ve had our first measurable snow by

Oct. 14,” Thoman said.

The snow will be produced as a result of a low pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska that will bring moisture into the Interior.

“Now that we’ve got this cold air in place, it should be able to make some snow,” Thoman said.

Monday’s snow will be only a tease for those who are looking for more, he said.

There is no other snow in the forecast the rest of the week.

“We’re not into a snowy pattern by any means,” Thoman said.

But the ground is cold enough now that what snow does fall should stick, he said. Fairbanksans could awaken Monday to a white landscape, though most of the snow will fall during the day.

“As soon as we get the first little bit, it will whiten things up,” Thoman said.

Contact the newsroom at 459-7572.

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