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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
640 AM AKST SAT FEB 28 2015

AKZ203-204-010600-
CENTRAL BEAUFORT SEA COAST-EASTERN BEAUFORT SEA COAST-
INCLUDING...NUIQSUT...PRUDHOE BAY...ALPINE...DEADHORSE...
KUPARUK...KAKTOVIK...FLAXMAN ISLAND
640 AM AKST SAT FEB 28 2015

...BLIZZARD WILL BEGIN ON THE CENTRAL ARCTIC COAST THIS AFTERNOON
AND ON THE EASTERN ARCTIC COAST LATE THIS AFTERNOON...

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE RAPIDLY EASTWARD ACROSS THE ARCTIC
COAST TODAY. VERY STRONG WEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP WITH THE FRONTAL
PASSAGE AND CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY. WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 60
MPH ARE EXPECTED ON THE CENTRAL ARCTIC COAST. SNOW AND BLOWING
SNOW WILL PRODUCE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND REDUCE VISIBILITY TO
NEAR ZERO.

BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ON THE EASTERN ARCTIC COAST ARE EXPECTED TO
BE SEVERE...WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OF 65 MPH AND GUSTS AS HIGH AS 80
MPH. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL TO 10 TO 15 BELOW ZERO BY SUNDAY
AFTERNOON. SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL PRODUCE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS
AND REDUCE VISIBILITY TO NEAR ZERO.

THIS WILL BE A DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING STORM. PEOPLE
ENGAGED IN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SHOULD SEEK SHELTER BEFORE THE
BLIZZARD BEGINS. TRAVEL SHOULD BE POSTPONED UNTIL THE BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS END.


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