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Town digs out after record 18 FEET of snow-

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posted on Jan, 9 2012 @ 10:04 PM
Wow! The most I have personally been a part of is maybe 6 feet? 18 FEET? That would be very cool if you were a kid. Building snow forts, and no school for a while! Luckily this town was a little off the grid, but can you imagine if this happened in a vastly populated area, say somewhere in Ohio or something? The town would be shut down, tens of thousands would be stranded at home with no access to food and vital services. Police, fire, and ambulances would be stationary. Whats the biggest snow storm you have been in?

Though some buildings have collapsed under the weight of snow, Cordova issued a news release saying that no homes had been damaged in a recent avalanche and that a major highway had been reopened, but schools remained closed Monday. The news release warned residents that conditions were "treacherous" and advised against any unnecessary travel that would impede the work of snow removal and safety crews.

posted on Jan, 9 2012 @ 10:09 PM
The biggest ever for me is about four feet when I was a very young child. We lived in the mountains, and I was three or four when we had a major storm.

posted on Jan, 9 2012 @ 10:45 PM
Eighteen feet, that's crazy...hope everyone makes it though and it does not get worse! Most I've been through-since I moved to the north- would be slightly over a foot, 18 to 20 inches in '08. No where near as much as Alaska but it well was a pain in the butt for everyone that's used to under a foot. Still dry here(south of local above) this season, barely had inches of snow that soon melted late last year.
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posted on Jan, 9 2012 @ 10:49 PM
I lived in Alaska for a few years, and have been to Cordova a few times.....I never saw that much snow....WOW

posted on Jan, 9 2012 @ 10:50 PM
I lived in Alaska (2 hrs or so from the Arctic Circle)....and we would get about few feet (give or take...maybe more) of snow during winter....then it would eventually get too cold to snow anymore and we would just have ice fog....

18 feet? didnt experience that.....3 feet or so was enough...
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posted on Jan, 9 2012 @ 10:51 PM
[color=dodgerblue]I have seen maybe 3 feet at the most. I cannot imagine 18 feet!


posted on Jan, 9 2012 @ 10:58 PM
i am jellos i want 18' of snow. i would be happy with 1' of snow here in Kansas instead of the 1' of ice we get

posted on Jan, 9 2012 @ 11:05 PM
Duluth MN, we have had in some areas up to 5 feet, drits over 8. 13 sounds just awful to deal with, what an unlucky number.

posted on Jan, 9 2012 @ 11:07 PM
That would be crazy! imagine digging your way out of your house and then scraping away the snow above you to see the sky only to find more snow! If you didnt have power you wouldnt have a way of knowing how deep it is. Im not very claustrophobic but a situation like that would freak me out.

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posted on Jan, 10 2012 @ 12:03 AM
a buddy live there and sent me a couple of links.

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posted on Jan, 10 2012 @ 12:36 AM
Yeah it's been fun the last two weeks in south central Alaska.

I've been in great shape because of consistent shoveling!

And shoveling...........and shoveling.

The snow level is almost to the top of my Z71, with a 4" lift....damn

Ahhh shoot my handle just broke, getting out the duct tape! And making way to by a few more shovels!

posted on Jan, 10 2012 @ 12:45 AM
Thanks for the heads-up.

I have family North and SE of Anchorage so I called them as soon as I saw your post.

N. of Anchorage - 4 foot of snow - he said the BAD news is that tonight would be 40F. "How is that bad?" He said because that means flooding. The snow melts but has nowhere to go because of the snow under it.

He also said avalanches had closed some roads.

SE of Anchorage - 8 foot of snow and at ZERO space to shovel another square inch of snow. Nowhere to put it.

posted on Jan, 10 2012 @ 01:18 AM
reply to post by Trexter Ziam

That's when us redneck, sledneck, valley boys grab are snowmachinces and road skip!

Some of the roads out here get up to a few feet deep, hundreds of feet long, full of water. What the hell else are you to do when there's no work, and everything's shut down because of massive snow and massive flooding.

There's three feet more snow to this date at my place than last year, whoo-hoo, time to go riding at Alyeska Resort, and Hatchers Pass for some of the best riding in AK for the locals.

Anchorage is cake to live in except if your new, then it's the difference between a cup of soup or sharing a blanket. I've been homeless there and it can suck especially in the winter

Good luck and much love for those struggling in this years winter storms,
My prayers go out to you

posted on Jan, 10 2012 @ 01:51 AM
reply to post by strafgod

Well you at least know that you have all the water you need.

No dying of dehydration here, brrrr, it's cold,

posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 01:10 PM

Originally posted by AK907ICECOLD

Some of the roads out here get up to a few feet deep, hundreds of feet long, full of water. What the hell else are you to do when there's no work, and everything's shut down because of massive snow and massive flooding.

I was just watching the National Guard up there, on the news. That's the first time I've seen them portrayed without guns. They're packing shovels, like the Cdn National Guard has to do so often

It was also mentioned that they had thought of bringing in snow melting machines. That didn't sound like a very good idea to me, where I am we often get a few feet each year, and no one wants anything to melt. That's much much worse. Spring meltdown is nasty.

Hopefully, experienced Alaskans will set them straight and tell them no, just truck the snow out somewhere, if possible.

posted on Jan, 12 2012 @ 01:59 AM
reply to post by snowspirit

Snow blizzard alert for south-central Alaska, from midnight tonight to 9am, anywhere from 6" to 24" of snow, weather now is between 32 and 44 degrees ranging from willow to sutton to firewood, depending on where you live, one mile away can mean the difference of 0"-6" of snow. and for my fellow AK'ers, is varies on what you hear depending where you are, I've heard something different from at least 10 friends tonight, lol. I don't care, I want more snow!

Heads up!

Snow melting machine, got to be joking!?
I highly doubt that.

BTW, went snowboarding up in Hatchers Pass tonight for some headlight runs, waaay awesome, waaay dark.

Much love, n stay warm

posted on Jan, 12 2012 @ 09:57 AM
reply to post by AK907ICECOLD

I'm in Saskatchewan, but we often get the arctic weather. The cold always dips down into Saskatchewan and Manitoba, coldest parts of Canada. This morning I woke to -24C, it's warm this year, usually we're at at least -30 in January. This year it's been mostly hovering around -5C.

The only thing a snow melter is good for is getting the culverts unfrozen to get the ditches flowing in the spring. I find it funny when people who don't know about snow and extreme cold, come up with all these strange suggestions. Once the snow is there, if it melts, and gets into places, and refreezes - that's when major damage sets in with the ice expanding.

I've noticed no one doing weather reports knows how to measure the expectations, we always get told it'll snow about 1 - 3 cms, which is only about an inch. Then we get a foot of the stuff

We have a comfy 2 feet here, not too much this year. Lots of time between snowfalls for the snow height to settle.

Be wary of avalanches when you're out there, make sure you know your conditions well.
Be safe

posted on Jan, 12 2012 @ 10:05 AM
reply to post by AK907ICECOLD

9 feet you think?
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posted on Jan, 12 2012 @ 08:23 PM
reply to post by WanderingThe3rd

9 feet? No. I WISH!!

The forecast was off by all of what they said, job security I'm thinking, lol! Maybe an inch today...

posted on Jan, 12 2012 @ 08:31 PM
reply to post by snowspirit

Those jerks! Lol. I want their job, say whatever I want within some sort of decency and get paid for my best guess,

Meteorologists and psychics make me sick

2nd paragraph you wrote, sooo true!

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