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Old 02-03-2009, 09:52 PM
 
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Default Anchorage in March?

I am planing a trip to scope things out, I was shooting for June, but can save tons of money to travel there in late March. So I was curious how is the weather in late March?
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Could be our snow month. Shouldn't be real cold.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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It's usually in the 30s and low 40s for highs in late March. It can still get below zero though, that is rare.
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Old 02-04-2009, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Late March is a great time to visit. Not too cold, not too hot. Lots of daylight. Roads should be good around that time, too.
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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Just understand that you probably won't see Alaska in its natural beauty - that usually happend in late May thru early/mid March. Late March to mid May can look pretty drab and dreary. Its probably my least favorite time in Anchorage.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage received over a foot of snow on April 26, 2008.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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It is still winter in March and April in Anchorage. If snow and cold are what you are looking for, then by all means come on up. However, if you want Summer conditions, wait until late May or June.

Anchorage in March:
Average Maximum Temperature: 33.2F
Average Minimum Temperature: 14.5F
Average Total Precipitation: 0.54"
Average Total Snowfall: 7.3"
Average Snow Depth: 7"

Anchorage in April:
Average Maximum Temperature: 44.9F
Average Minimum Temperature: 27.3F
Average Total Precipitation: 0.38"
Average Total Snowfall: 2.8"
Average Snow Depth: 1"

Source: ANCHORAGE WB AIRPORT, ALASKA - Climate Summary
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Old 02-04-2009, 03:38 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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Anchorage received over a foot of snow on April 26, 2008.
Yes, I was here searching for a home when that hit. It was beautiful when I landed on the 23rd. Beautiful even after the snow hit, though unexpected. Fortunately, moving from Wyoming, I have seen thunderstorms and tornadoes in February and snow in July. I had a warm coat and boots when I flew here.
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Old 02-04-2009, 03:40 PM
 
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They have this thing up there called "breakup". That's when the streams break up from the ice and the snow melts. It usually happens in April in Anchorage. That should help answer your question.
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Old 02-04-2009, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Yes, I was here searching for a home when that hit. It was beautiful when I landed on the 23rd. Beautiful even after the snow hit, though unexpected. Fortunately, moving from Wyoming, I have seen thunderstorms and tornadoes in February and snow in July. I had a warm coat and boots when I flew here.
Snow in March and April is always expected. Unless you are in SE Alaska, you can expect snow on the ground until late-April or early-May. There have been a couple years where the snow has melted off early, but those were exceptions and not the rule. Break-up does not "officially" occur until after the tripod falls into the Nenana River which is usually the first week of May.
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