Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Fairbanks, AK
FXAK69 PAFG 231159
Northern Alaska Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Fairbanks AK
359 AM AKDT Thu Mar 23 2017
Models similar through 60 hours. Long wave trough continues to
dominate the Northern Alaska pattern. Center of upper level low
near 83 degrees N and well North of the Russian Arctic with
associated trough extending southward to the Gulf of Alaska. The
upper low will eastward through Friday night and Saturday with the
trough essentially hanging tough and continuing to spill colder
air into northern Alaska.
A short wave currently trekking eastward across the state is
producing areas of very light snow and only for a very short
amount of time through this evening.
Only wind of consequence today which will be diminishing through
the day is near Cape Lisburne. High pressure will build in over
mainland Alaska through Friday. This will combine with the low
north of the Arctic Coast and produce a slight tightening of the
pressure gradient in the Eastern Arctic and therefore increase the
winds near Barter Island.
Short wave trough in the northern Gulf of Alaska will continue to
spin clouds and small amount of moisture into Eastern Mainland
Alaska through Friday.
Brisk Wind Advisory for PKZ225.