Snow Records Fall in Valdez
Records fall in Valdez: A storm bearing down on Valdez, a port town in Prince William Sound and the southern terminus for the Trans-Alaska pipeline, brought more than snow plows and kids exhaustively shoveling the white stuff. The Friday storm broke three precipitation records for the community, which is well accustomed to heavy snow. It dumped 20.4 inches of snow, which broke the old daily record for Nov. 22 by nearly six inches; the previous record had been set in 1987. If that wasn’t enough, there were also 3.48 inches of precipitation, more than double the old record of 1.53 inches set in 2002. By the National Weather Service’s account, with this storm Valdez also broke an even bigger record. The weather service’s Valdez office said the annual precipitation total was 93.51 inches as of 9 a.m. Saturday. The old annual record was 93.3 inches set in 1981. Intermittent snow showers may continue through Sunday night.