Valdez shrugs as snowfall tops 6 feet
Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 18th, 2009 08:02 AM | DEBRA McKINNEY
Posted on Fri Dec 18 11:19:08 2009 by thackney
Go ahead, grumble about the snowstorm that socked the Anchorage area this week. Depending on your side of town, and not counting the Hillside, the official tally is between 5.5 and 20 inches.
Now, put your ear to your freshly shoveled driveway, and you'll hear Valdez residents laughing.
"My God, our people don't even get out of bed for that, and I'm not kiddin' ya," said longtime resident Tom McAlister.
Snow started falling in Valdez early Monday morning and continued to fall like crazy. At one point on Tuesday, 4.8 inches fell in an hour. By Wednesday, 68.2 inches had piled up.
"On my tippy toes I could look over the top of it," said McAlister, who is 5-foot-8.
That makes it the second highest three-day snowfall on record for the town of 4,020, with top honors going to Feb. 4, 1996, when 74.6 inches fell over three days.
But snow deep enough to swallow McAlister wasn't the end of it. As of Thursday afternoon, the inch count was up to 76.5 -- 6 feet, 4.5 inches
-- and, though slowing down, snow continued to fall.