Ice builds up in the Don D. Statter boat harbor in Auke Bay on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Ice builds up in the Don D. Statter boat harbor in Auke Bay on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

More than a foot of snow could be coming to Juneau

Winter storm warning issued from Tuesday night through Wednesday

Set your alarm and get the shovel ready.

Th National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Juneau from 9 p.m. Tuesday night through 6 p.m. Wednesday. Between eight to 14 inches are expected, and the lion’s share of that is expected to fall overnight with some flakes beginning to fall around dinner time.

“We are expecting the precipitation to start up late this afternoon or evening,” said Edward Liske, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Juneau. “The heavier precipitation will probably not start up until 9 p.m. or so.”

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“Most of the snow fall is expected to be late Tuesday through Wednesday morning,” he added.

The snow will continue through the day Wednesday and taper off by the evening.

Snow fall totals are expected to be similar throughout Juneau with little or no difference between what residents downtown and those in the Mendenhall Valley will see.

“We’re expecting everywhere in the Juneau to stay with snow,” Liske said.

That’s because of temperatures are predicted to be in the mid to upper 20s, so the snow flakes are unlikely to become raindrops.

“This time we’re expecting the snow to be everywhere,” Liske said. “We’re not expecting it to turn to rain.”

After this snow storm, a dry spell is expected.

“We are going to be rather dry for a little bit,” Liske said. “We are looking to stay dry after that point until at least late next Sunday or Monday.”

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While Juneau just received more than a foot of the white stuff over Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, this year’s snowfall total is still well below average, Liske said.

Since July 2018, Juneau International Airport has recorded just 38.9 inches of snow, Liskey said.

He said a normal amount would be 60.2 inches.

At this time last year, there had been 41.7 inches, but that total, Liske said, is about to be leapfrogged.


• Contact reporter Ben Hohenstatt at (907)523-2243 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt.


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