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Alaska Meteorologist 'Really Jealous' Of New England Snow Totals

BOSTON (CBS) – New England residents may be sick of the non-stop barrage of winter weather. But another winter haven is jealous of the snow being dumped on the region.

Brett Shepard, meteorologist for KTVA in Anchorage, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that some Alaska residents are wishing their snow totals would reach those that have fallen in New England so far this winter.

Boston has seen over 42 inches of snow in February alone, while "only" 20 inches of snow has hit the grounds in Anchorage so far all winter, according to Shepard.

Normally at this time of year, Anchorage has seen around 54 inches of snow.

"I was actually just really jealous when I just heard your forecast that you're going to have blizzard conditions and maybe a foot of snow," Shepard told WBZ NewsRadio.

Because of the lack of snow in Alaska this winter, the Iditarod race had to be moved about eight hours north of Anchorage. It will now take place in Fairbanks.

Shepard has been keeping tabs on the weather happenings in New England. He caught wind of the Merrimack, N.H., Police Department's plan to issue an arrest warrant for Punxsutawney Phil.

But Shepard has a plan of his own.

"I saw there was the police station that put out an arrest warrant for Punxsutawney Phil. I think our police officers here need to put out an arrest warrant for Old Man Winter. Because he fled the state," Shepard said.

Listen to Brett Sherpard on WBZ NewsRadio 1030

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