Alaska buried in snow!

Snow!!! in Cordova, Alaska, USA, 07 January 2012 (Anchorage Daily News)

Alaska, America’s so-called Last Frontier, is not usually as snowy as many think especially the coastal areas which often get much more rain than snow thanks to the relatively warm Pacific Ocean.

But the Alaskan National Guard has arrived to dig out the coastal town of Cordova, which has seen 3 metres (10 feet) of snow in only a week.

Snow drifts in the town of 2,000 have trapped some residents in their homes.

Roofs have collapsed yet no injuries have been reported so far in Cordova.

Alaska officials have declared a state of emergency with so many storms in such a short period of time.

Further north, U.S. Coast Guard and Russian vessels are attempting to reach Nome, which has been cut off by ice and is facing a fuel shortage.

Moncton in the red after last winter’s record snow

High snowbanks in Moncton, 30 Jan 2011 (Dearing file)

MONCTON, NB – After being bombarded by snow last winter, the City of Moncton has gotten off easy so far this year.

Spokesperson Paul Thomson, one snowstorm after another left the Hub City with a $2 million deficit for the 2011 fiscal year (January to December).

Thomson says the city wants to do more in-house plowing and snow removal in 2012 as opposed to contracting out to avoid another deficit.

The city has hired more workers and leased more snow removal equipment to accomplish that.

One snowstorm after another last winter in Moncton led to 120 cm of snow on the ground by mid-February, a new record according to Environment Canada.

(courtesy News 91.9 Radio