Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?
Alaska is obviously no stranger to snow, but this month’s white weather will likely go down in the state’s record books.
According to the Weather Channel, Thompson Pass, outside of the town of Valdez —a 2805-foot-high area in Alaska’s Chugach Mountains—received a whopping 15 inches of powder in just 90 minutes on Wednesday, December 6.
The Thompson Pass storm ranks among the most intense snowfalls that we know of, according to a quick analysis by Weather Underground’s weather historian, Christopher Burt.
What is hitting the North Gulf Coast is what we like to call a "snow AR" or an atmospheric river that is producing snow instead of rain. Over the last 3 days, nearly 6 feet of snow has been recorded at Thompson Pass near Valdez, Alaska. pic.twitter.com/Hoa8XUAMGQ
— NWS APRFC (@NWSAPRFC) December 6, 2017
This is one of the most intense snowfall ever recorded on the planet.
According to Burt, the most intense snowfall occurred in Copenhagen, New York on December 2, 1966, where 30.48 cm of snow fell in 60 minutes.
The heavy snowfall in Valdez last week has blocked more than 4,000 residents for a few hours. An avalanche of more than 60 meters in length cut them off from the rest of the state.