Snow emergency declared in Alaska after 9-inch El Nino blizzard kills 4 homeless 

In an average November in Anchorage, Alaska, residents can expect to see a little over 12 inches of snow over the course of the month.

Last week, more than twice that much snowed in two days, with Wednesday setting a 24-hour snowfall record with nine inches. Roads, electricity, and schools were closed as 30 inches of snow fell in some parts of the city.

Americans' northernmost state is bracing for a rough and unpredictable winter. The mayor has declared a snow emergency until 6 p.m. on Nov. 17. On Mondays, city offices are closed.

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Four homeless persons who refused refuge have perished from cold-related incidents due to the storm. Anchorage is under a winter storm warning until 12:00 AKST with 6 to 9 inches of snow forecast, with some places receiving 12 inches.

This winter, an El Niño year, may upset weather patterns nationwide, similar to the summer. The last El Niño winter in 2018-2019 caused an ice storm that delivered snow and ice to Charleston, SC. Quite moderate El Niño.

Last month, NOAA forecasted Alaska will be wetter than usual in February. Ironically, the state is forecast to see warmer-than-average winters like the Pacific Northwest and northern New England.

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