Fairbanks, Alaska's first measurable snow of the season is their heaviest September snow in 23 years

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Fall's arrival may have been greeted with a collective warm shrug of the shoulders in the Lower 48 states, but Alaskans have already broken out winter coats.

Officially, 6.7 inches of snow blanketed the city of Fairbanks Friday, turning the city into a winter wonderland just days into fall.

Not only was this the city's first measurable snow of the season, but this was the city's third heaviest calendar-day September snow on record, topped only by Sep. 13, 1992 (7.8 inches) and Sep. 29, 1972 (7 inches).

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Fairbanks, Alaska's first measurable snow of the season is their heaviest September snow in 23 years
US President Barack Obama reaches out to pick up a puppy belonging to musher John Baker (2nd R) in Kotzebue, Alaska on September 2, 2015. Obama blazed a new trail as US leader on September 2, becoming the first to head above the Arctic circle, to urge US citizens to take swift action against climate change. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama holds a puppy while visiting musher John Baker and his family in Kotzebue, Alaska on September 2, 2015. Obama blazed a new trail as US leader on September 2, becoming the first to head above the Arctic circle, to urge US citizens to take swift action against climate change. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets well-wishers upon arrival at Dillingham Airport in Dillingham, Alaska on September 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks to the media before boarding a boat for a tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama looks at the ice cream selection while chatting with children during a stop at the Sweet Darlings icecreme shop on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama looks at the ice creme selection at the Sweet Darlings icecreme shop on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
DENALI NATIONAL PARK, AK - SEPTEMBER 1: A view of Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, on September 1, 2015 in Denali National Park, Alaska. According to the National Park Service, the summit elevation of Denali is 20,320 feet and is the highest mountain peak in North America. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets patrons at the Snow City Cafe on September 1, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska. Obama is heading to Seward, Alaska to visit the Exit Glacier and tour Kenai Fjords National Park. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama asks if staff and press want anything before ordering at the Snow City Cafe on September 1, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska. Obama is heading to Seward, Alaska to visit the Exit Glacier and tour Kenai Fjords National Park. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama arrives at a lookout while hiking near the Exit Glacier on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama looks at the pauses to admire the view while hiking near the Exit Glacier on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac after landing at Seward City airport on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. Obama is in Seward to visit the Exit Glacier and tour Kenai Fjords National Park. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Marine One, carrying US President Barack Obama, approaches the Seward City airport on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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This was the city's heaviest September snow event since a four-day, 17.3-inch snow blitz from Sep. 11-14, 1992.

Fairbanks only averages 1.9 inches of snow during the month of September.

Two observers in College Hills north of downtown Fairbanks measured 9 inches of snow as of Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The Alaska DOT reported about 10 inches of snow in the hills near Nenana west-southwest of Fairbanks along the Parks Highway, the primary link between Fairbanks, Denali National Park and Anchorage.

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The City of Fairbanks Fire Department had a little fun with this first snow, making a miniature snowman.

Earlier in the week, just hours after the autumnal equinox, the University of Alaska's Toolik Field Station in the foothills of the Brooks Range about 350 miles south of the Arctic coast tumbled to 0 degrees (Fahrenheit, that is), the first such reading of the season anywhere in the state, much less the U.S.

If hearing "zero degrees" and "10 inches of snow" leaves you thinking, "It's way too early for this," that's not the case in Alaska.

The average date of the season's first measurable snow in Fairbanks is September 30, according to Alaska-based meteorologist Brian Brettschneider.

Brettschneider added the average first one-inch-plus snow date in the city is October 6. So, a tad early, but not unusual.

Also, 24.4 inches of snow fell in Fairbanks in September 1992, their snowiest September on record. September monthly snow totals in excess of a foot have happened in numerous Alaska locations in the past, according to Brettschneider.

Snow falling in Alaska's mountains in late summer is known locally as "termination dust," marking the eventual end of summer's warmth.

Dipping to zero degrees isn't even considered record early in the Last Frontier.

"It's the fourth earliest (zero-degree or colder temperature) at this station (Toolik Field Station) since 1988," said Brettschneider.

Nonetheless, Alaska has been quite chilly the past couple of weeks, even relative to mid-late September averages.

The polar jet stream has taken a sharp southward plunge over Alaska, the northeast Pacific Ocean and western Canada, locking in a chilly, wet pattern over our 49th state.

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This is quite a sharp temperature turnaround. The first eight months of 2015 were the second warmest such period in Alaska on record, topped only by 1981.

Incidentally, the season's last measurable snow in Fairbanks typically occurs around mid-April (April 17).

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