Snow Forecasted for Southern Alaska This Weekend!

Snow Forecasted for Southern Alaska This Weekend!

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Snow Forecasted for Southern Alaska This Weekend!

It’s the heart of the summer but Alaskans will be getting their first taste.  A cold air mass moving down from the arctic will bring colder temperatures and mountain snow to the Southern Alaskan this weekend.  Below is a special weather statement from NOAA. 

Special Weather Statement From NOAA

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Fairbanks AK
308 PM AKDT Thu Aug 10 2017

AKZ205-206-111500-
Northwestern Brooks Range-Northeastern Brooks Range-
Including Singiluk, Umiat, Anaktuvuk Pass, Atigun Pass,
Galbraith Lake, Sagwon, and Franklin Bluffs
308 PM AKDT Thu Aug 10 2017

...Strong winds and snowfall Likely in the Brooks Range this
Weekend...

An unseasonably cold, wet and windy storm will impact northern
Alaska with the potential for snowfall of 2 to 6 inches at higher
elevations of the Brooks Range this weekend. The heaviest snow
will be west of the Dalton Highway. A strong cold front will push
east across the Brooks Range Saturday and Sunday. Snow levels will
drop to 1000 feet or lower by Saturday evening in the western
half of the Brooks Range and near 4000 feet from the Dalton
Highway eastward by Sunday night. Along the Dalton Highway, up to
3 inches of snow is possible at Atigun Pass. North winds from 25
to 35 mph with locally higher gusts are likely through passes and
over higher terrain.

Those with outdoor activities or travel plans in the Brooks Range
especially from Atigun Pass westward over the weekend should be
prepared for winter weather conditions. There still remains some
differences with the eastward extent of the cold air associated
with this weather system. The location of and amount of snow
expected with this storm will likely change as the storm
approaches, but at this time it looks unlikely for significant
snowfall east of the Dalton Highway. Continue to monitor the
situation for the latest forecasts and possible winter weather
statements on this early season storm.
 

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