Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Fairbanks, AK
FXAK69 PAFG 281358
Northern Alaska Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Fairbanks AK
458 AM AKST Tue Feb 28 2017
Upper level...An upper level trough moving across the Central
Interior will continue to bring light snow showers or flurries
through this evening, but will then diminish across much of
Central and West Coast of Alaska. Upper level ridging will build
over the bering sea and west coast through thursday. A cold upper
low over the arctic will drop slowly to the south near banks
island by friday. Cold air will filter into the northern and
central interiors through the week.
Surface...1048 mb high over eastern Russia with surface ridge
axis across bering. Weak surface boundary across the central
interior and a surface trough moving across the north slope on
tuesday. Main concern and focus will be developing blizzard
conditions this morning across the Eastern Beaufort Sea coast
with strong winds continuing through noon Wednesday. Strong
winds could redevelop late wed night into thursday as troughing
persists into thursday. High pressure will build over the
interior on wed.
Arctic Coast and Brooks Range...Blizzard conditions are expected
across the Eastern Arctic Coast along the Beaufort Sea coast with
the pressure gradient tightening. West winds of 25 to 35 mph and
gusts up to 50 mph expected. The combination of snow and strong
winds will reduce visibilities to to less than quarter mile,
especially for area with with the fresh snow across the area.
Winter weather advisories will continue for zones 206 and 218
through tonight due to blowing snow and low visibilities and
Western Interior and West Coast...Relatively quiet weather for
the area but temperatures will drop 15 to 20 degrees and will
remain below normal through late this week.
Eastern and Central Interior...There will be a gradual cooling
trend over the next few days, then a dramatic drop in temperatures
to below normal temperatures as skies clear. Interior valley
locations could possibly see overnight lows 25 below to 35 below
by Thursday morning. Models indicating continued cold into the
Blizzard Warning for AKZ204.
Winter Weather Advisory for AKZ203-AKZ206-AKZ207-AKZ208-AKZ217-
Brisk Wind Advisory for PKZ210-PKZ220-PKZ225-PKZ245.