Ice Forecast
Issued by NWS Anchorage, AK

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SEA ICE ADVISORY FOR WESTERN AND ARCTIC ALASKAN COASTAL WATERS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE ALASKA
240 PM AKDT WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST 2016

FORECAST VALID...MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2016

ANALYSIS CONFIDENCE...HIGH TO MODERATE

SYNOPSIS...HIGH PRESSURE WILL REMAIN OVER THE CHUKCHI SEA THROUGH
MONDAY. A WEAK LOW OVER THE BARROW AREA WILL REMAIN NEARLY
STATIONARY AND DISSIPATE BY WEDNESDAY. A SERIES OF LOWS WILL MOVE
SOUTHWARD THROUGH THE EASTERN BEAUFORT SEA THROUGH MONDAY.

-ARCTIC OCEAN-
-BEAUFORT SEA-
-CHUKCHI SEA-
PKZ510-EASTERN US ARCTIC OFFSHORE-
PKZ505-CENTRAL US ARCTIC OFFSHORE-
PKZ235-POINT FRANKLIN TO CAPE HALKETT-

ICE COVERED.

-BEAUFORT SEA-
-CHUKCHI SEA-
PKZ500-WESTERN US ARCTIC OFFSHORE-
PKZ230-CAPE BEAUFORT TO POINT FRANKLIN-

THE MAIN ICE EDGE EXTENDS FROM 75.8N 135W TO 76.8N 143.3W TO 73.3N
138.9W TO 73.9N 158.6W TO NEAR BARROW TO 71.9N 163.2W TO 72.6N
161.5W TO 72.6N 172.7W TO 71.1N 175.9W AND CONTINUES IN RUSSIAN
WATERS. THE ICE EDGE IS MAINLY OPEN WATER.

FORECAST THROUGH MONDAY FOR THE CHUKCHI SEA...WINDS WILL BECOME
NORTHERLY THROUGH FRIDAY...THEN BECOME WESTERLY TO NORTHWESTERLY
SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

SEA ICE HAS BEEN REPORTED APPROXIMATELY 13NM OFF THE COAST OF BARROW
ON WEDNESDAY. THE NORTHERLY TO WESTERLY WINDS OVER THE NEXT 5 DAYS
WILL LIKELY BRING LOW CONCENTRATIONS OF SEA ICE CLOSER TO THE COAST
BETWEEN WAINWRIGHT AND BARROW AGAIN...POSSIBLY WITHIN JUST A COUPLE
MILES. THE OFFSHORE DETERIORATING SEA ICE PACK WILL SPREAD TO THE
SOUTHEAST THROUGH MONDAY.

FORECAST THROUGH MONDAY FOR THE BEAUFORT SEA...NEAR THE ICE EDGE
SOUTHEAST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY...THEN
BECOME NORTHWESTERLY FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY. THE MAIN OFFSHORE SEA
ICE PACK WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTHWEST THROUGH THURSDAY...THEN SHIFT
TO THE SOUTHEAST FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

NEAR SHORE NAVIGATIONAL WATERS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN SEA ICE FREE
THROUGH MONDAY.

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