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Winter 2011-2012: All-Time Snowiest for Anchorage
Alaska National Guardsmen clear a building roof in Cordova, near Anchorage, on Jan. 9.
Credit: Spc. Balinda O'Neal, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs.

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It's official--Anchorage, Alaska, has received more snow this winter season than any other in recorded history.

Anchorage picked up 4.3 inches of snow on Saturday, pushing the city's annual snow total to a record 134.5 inches.

The winter of 1954-55 previously held the record with 132.6 inches.

Anchorage receives 74.5 inches during a typical winter and record-keeping began in the City of Lights and Flowers in 1915.

The path to Anchorage setting the annual snow record began on Oct. 30 when 1.1 inches whitened the city.

November, December, January and February then each ended up becoming ranked as one of the top 10 snowiest on their respective month's list.

The snowiest, November, had a total of 32.4 inches and is now the third snowiest November on record.

December and its 31.1 inches (seventh snowiest December), January and its 25.2 inches (sixth snowiest January) and February and its 27.8 inches (fourth snowiest February) followed.

A lull in the action came in March with a more typical 9.5 inches falling.

In the wake of Anchorage setting its annual snow record, that lull will resume this week with more sunshine than clouds expected to prevail each day.

Not until next weekend will stormy weather return.

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