A streak of weather that has many Juneau residents exasperated by the April snowfall may wrap up next week with a warmer spell of days.
“Early Sunday, it looks like we have some clouds and some light snow,” said Brian Bezenek, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service here in Juneau, in a phone interview. “We have another weather system trying to push across the Gulf on Sunday into Sunday night. It should be going to rain by Monday when the main front gets in.”
Snowfall broke records on Thursday around the region, and might do so again for Friday when the results for snowfall are tabulated, Bezenek said. And the signs for the rest of the month are cautiously promising.
“The overall trend is getting warmer next week. National says, for the 6-10 day outlook, temperatures above normal and precipitation below normal,” Bezenek said. “That is just an outlook, it doesn’t always follow the trend. But it looks like we might be heading in the right direction.”
March had a formidable amount of snow, Bezenek said, with more than 33 inches of recorded snowfall. But it’s not enough to break the 2007 record of more than 62 inches of snow.
At least one segment of town probably doesn’t mind the snow. Eaglecrest Ski Area recently cleared 500 inches of snow this season, according to a news release from Charlie Herrington, marketing director for the ski area.
“500” might not sound newsworthy compared to some PNW & Utah ski resorts, but it’s pretty huge for us,” Herrington said in the release. “This much snowfall has only happened once before in recorded history when Eaglecrest had 640” in 2011-2012. Although this is a historic season for Eaglecrest, even an average winter (320”) is punctuated by consistent, incremental snowfall accumulation and refreshed powder day after day.”
Eaglecrest will terminate operations for the season after April 18, if the good weather continues, or before that if conditions deteriorate. Eaglecrest had extended the season to accommodate continued snowfall, but will not have sufficient staff for legal and insurance requirements of running the chairlifts, and will not be extending the season further, Herrington said.
This year’s Slush Cup is also canceled.