ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage has yet to see an official temperature below zero for this winter; this makes it the fourth latest date for that to occur. In the winter of 2000-2001, no below zero temperatures were recorded at all. These temperatures are measured at the official recording station at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Below is a list of the top 5 latest dates for a below zero temperature.
Over the next couple of days, temperatures are expected to drop into the low single digits. Official lows will reach near 13 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday night, 7 degrees Monday night and 2 degrees on Tuesday. If temperatures drop a little beyond the forecast, Anchorage could see that first official below zero low this week.
December 2017 remained well above average for temperatures and well below normal for snow in Anchorage.
The average temperature was 26.5 degrees for the month. That’s 7.5 degrees above the normal temperature of 19 degrees. This makes December 2017 the 5th warmest December in the past 65 years of record.
December 2017 was the third least snowiest December on record with only 2.1 inches of snow recorded for the month. Normal snowfall for December is 16.7 inches. The snow season —July 1 through June 30—is well below average as well. As of January 1st, this snow season is the 4th least snowiest with a total snowfall of 10.4 inches.
Top 5 Latest First Below Zero Temperature in a Snow Season*
1) 2000-2001: No below zero temperatures
2) 2014-2015: January 25
3) 2004-2005: January 11
4) 2017-2018: Yet to occur
5) 2002-2003: December 27
*Information provided by the Anchorage National Weather Service Office