ANCHORAGE, AK. (WFFT) — According to the National Weather Service in Anchorage, Alaska, two contrasting records were broken Tuesday.
Anchorage hit a high of 44 degrees, which tied the record set in 1988.
In the same 24 hours, 8.9 inches of snow fell, which shattered the old daily record of 6.2 inches set in 1967.
Several daily records were set yesterday (Feb 18) at Anchorage International Airport including a high temperature of 44 degrees, 0.88 inches of liquid precipitation, and 8.9 inches of snowfall. #AKwx pic.twitter.com/C1T836t9ta
— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) February 19, 2020
A strong southerly flow of warm air resulted in the high temperature occurring just shortly after midnight Tuesday.
Temperatures then tumbled below freezing in just 4 hours.
With an active pattern and plenty of moisture, snow fell from early Tuesday morning into Tuesday night.
This system prompted the first Winter Storm Warning for snow in Anchorage since March 2013.
More snow is on the way for the area through Saturday.