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From Palmer to Cordova: Photos of Southcentral Alaska snowstorm 2012

Clearing snow in Cordova.
Photo courtesy Linden O'Toole
Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore and National Guardsmen clear compacted snow and ice from the roof of the grocery store as snow continues to fall in Cordova on Jan. 12.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Carla Geyer
Removing snow from a Cordova street by loading it into a melter.
Photo courtesy Linden O'Toole
A house in Cordova buried in the January 2012 snow storm.
Photo courtesy Linden O'Toole
Snow piles up on the street-side of the Killer Whale Cafe in Cordova.
Photo by Lindsay Butters
Snow blocks the back door of the Killer Whale Cafe in Cordova.
Photo by Lindsay Butters
4th Street in Cordova after the January 2012 snowstorm.
Photo courtesy CordovaBuzz.com
Cordova driveway.
Photo courtesy CordovaBuzz.com
2nd Street in Cordova after the January 2012 storm.
Photo courtesy CordovaBuzz.com
Tunnel to a home's front door in Cordova after the January 2012 snow storm.
Photo courtesy CordovaBuzz.com
Snow falls near Palmer, Alaska, during a January snow storm.
Stephen Nowers photo
Cars the Cordova airport.
Photo courtesy CordovaBuzz.com
Clearing snow from tanks in Cordova.
Photo courtesy the Cordova Times
View from the 5-Mile Loop Road at base of the avalanche.
Photo courtesy the Cordova Times
Damage to the Fisherman's Camp warehouse due to the snow storm.
Photo courtesy the Cordova Times
The Fisherman's Camp warehouse in Cordova.
Photo courtesy the Cordova Times
Cordova snow storm, January 6, 2012.
Photo courtesy Rochelle van den Broek
Valdez snow storm, January 6, 2012.
Photo courtesy Kate Herring
Coast Guard personnel from Valdez help clear several feet of snow from the roof of a building on Jan. 11. Record amounts of snow, coupled with a lack of snow removal equipment in Valdez, have shut down many public services in the community.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Allie Ferko
A musk ox settles into recent snow at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage.
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center photo
Cordova snow storm, January 6, 2012.
Photo courtesy Rochelle van den Broek
Valdez snow storm, January 6, 2012.
Photo courtesy Kate Herring
Cordova snow storm, January 6, 2012.
Photo courtesy Rochelle van den Broek
Cordova snow storm, January 6, 2012.
Photo courtesy Rochelle van den Broek
Cordova snow storm, January 6, 2012.
Photo courtesy Rochelle van den Broek
Cordova snow storm, January 6, 2012.
Photo courtesy Rochelle van den Broek
Cordova snow storm, January 6, 2012.
Photo courtesy Rochelle van den Broek
Cordova snow storm, January 6.
Photo courtesy Rochelle van den Broek
The Cordova Wireless building was snowed in after a snowstorm Jan. 6, 2012.
David Little photo
A car in Valdez snowed in by a storm on Jan. 6, 2012.
Debbi Marsden photo
A Front-end loader clears Main Street in Cordova on Jan. 6, 2012
David Little photo
A house is snowed in in Valdez following a snowstorm Jan. 6, 2012,
Photo courtesy Carole Townsend Derifield
Vehicles on the Parks Highway near the Trunk Road overpass travel through a snow storm on Thursday, January 12.
Stephen Nowers photo
Alaska Dispatch staff

Residents of towns around Prince William Sound are digging out of snowfall that drifted more than 8 feet in places and shut down the only highway in or out of Valdez, a community of about 4,000 that is not infrequently the snowiest city in the U.S.

The National Weather Service said Valdez received a record 19.2 inches of snow on Thursday, which leaves the coastal town with 252 inches (about 21 feet) so far this winter. Forecasters said Valdez residents should expect a total of some 3 feet by the time the current snowstorm ends, with limited visibility hampering drivers and pedestrians.

Nearby, the town of Cordova declared a local emergency as the road to the airport was temporarily blocked and the roofs on several commercial buildings collapsed under the weight of the wet, heavy snow. The Alaska National Guard deployed more than 50 personnel Sunday to help the community dig out. Read the full article, here.

You can see more photos and video at the Cordova-based blog CordovaBuzz.