Haines has seen a dramatically low snowfall this winter.
Only 3.6 inches of snowfall has been recorded in downtown Haines since November 1st. By this time last year, 111 inches of snow had fallen. In 2012, 60 inches of snow had blanketed Haines.
That’s according to Richard Lam, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Juneau.
Temperatures have also been warmer than usual. December so far has been 5.5 degrees above normal, with an average temperature of 32 degrees. November had an average of 33 degrees – 2.53 degrees above normal.
Lam says the warm temperatures and lack of snow are due to a strong storm system in the Gulf of Alaska.
He says there’s potential for a white Christmas. But if there is any snow, it probably won’t be a lot – between one and three inches.
He says to keep expecting normal than average temperatures in the next month.