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Alaska experiences 'Snowpocalypse'

South-central Alaska is digging out from a series of snowstorms this winter

ANCHORAGE | January 13, 2012

South-central Alaska is digging out from a series of snowstorms this winter, after hurricane-force winds and blizzards Wednesday hit towns already buried.

The state has had its share of bad weather this year. The town of Cordova, population 2,200, has received nearly 15 feet of snow and 44 inches of rain since Nov. 1, MSNBC reported, prompting the term "Snowpocalypse 2012" on the municipal Web site. National Guard and Coast Guard troops are helping in the shoveling.

The current storm, described by the Alaska Dispatch as "big and wet," will hit the city of Anchorage with an expected 16 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service, before conditions dry out during the weekend.

Towns across the most populous area of the state report closed roads, closed schools and avalanche threats. Several homes and other buildings had their roofs collapse in recent days, the Cordova Times reported.

"The goal for tomorrow will be to continue to dig out the backside of the high school," said Cordova school superintendent Jim Nygaard Tuesday.

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