Alaska's largest city breaks seasonal snow record

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A spring snowfall has broken the nearly 60-year-old seasonal snow record of Alaska's largest city.

Inundated with nearly double the snow they're used to, Anchorage residents have expected the record of 132.6 inches set in the winter of 1954-55 to be broken.

The 3.4 inches that fell by Saturday afternoon brings the total to 133.6 inches. National Weather Service meteorologist Shaun Baines says forecasters don't expect more than an inch of additional accumulation.

Before a dumping of wet snow Friday, none had fallen since mid-March, giving residents a chance to clear snow-laden roofs and crews an opportunity to widen streets squeezed by snow.

Extreme weather has also struck the Lower 48, where the first three months of 2012 has seen twice the normal number of tornadoes and one of the warmest winters on record.


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