Anchorage Weather in March
March sees an easing of severe weather for Anchorage, Alaska. Most days warm up to above freezing and the sun shines more often.
This page gives detailed information on the typical March temperature, precipitation, snow, sun, humidity, wind and storms for Anchorage.
The numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, located a few miles from downtown Anchorage.
|34 °F||March average high||1 °C|
|19 °F||March average low||-7 °C|
In most years, Anchorage averages a daily maximum temperature for March that's between 30 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 to 3 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 14 and 24 °F (-10 to -4 °C).
The days at Anchorage warm more quickly during March. By the end of the month, the temperature has climbed around 8 °F (5 °C) above what it was at the start.
|7 days||40 °F max. or more (4 °C)|
|15 days||20 °F min. or less (-8 °C)|
Anchorage averages 11 days in March when the thermometer remains below freezing for the entire day. Temperatures above 50 °F (10 °C) occur during March only once a decade.
Most nights this month in Anchorage have freezing temperatures. The thermometer dips to 0 °F (-18 °C) or below on an average of 1 night.
|0.6 in||total precipitation||15 mm|
|6 days||of rain or snowfall|
Half the time, Anchorage receives 0.3 to 0.9 inches (8 to 22 mm) of precipitation in March. One in four years has drier weather, while another one in four is wetter.
|9.9 in||total snowfall||25.1 cm|
|6 days||with new snow|
March's snowfall varies a lot from year to year in Anchorage. Between 4 and 15 inches (10 to 38 cm) of fresh snow arrives in half the years. Less new snow lands in one out of four Marches, while another twenty-five percent are snowier.
Anchorage typically has at least 5 inches (13 cm) of snow on the ground for 23 days this month. The snow normally accumulates to 10 inches (25 cm) or deeper on 16 days.
|8 days||clear skies|
The sun's rays reach the ground in Anchorage during 50 percent of daylight hours on average in March, for a total of 184 hours in the month. Typically on 8 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.
Sunlight in March at Anchorage lasts for 11 hours and 53 minutes a day on average. The shortest day of the month is the 1st with 10 hours and 27 minutes of daylight. By the end of the month, the days have lengthened to 13:19 from sunrise to sunset. These durations can vary by a minute or three from year to year.
|66 %||March average humidity|
The relative humidity in Anchorage during March usually peaks at 72 percent in the morning then drops to 57 percent by mid afternoon.
|Local Time||12 am||3 am||6 am||9 am||12 pm||3 pm||6 pm||9 pm|
|7.1 mph||March wind speed average||11.4 kph|
March is an average month for wind speed at Anchorage.
|1 day||snowfall of 3 inches (8 cm) or more|
|0 days||with thunderstorms in March|
About once a decade, Anchorage gets a one-day dump of snow in March that amounts to 10 inches (25 cm) or more.
These weather data are long-term historical averages provided by the National Climatic Data Center of the United States. The temperature and precipitation numbers are 1981-2010 normals while the humidity and thunderstorm statistics are 1961-1990 normals.