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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK
518 AM AKDT MON SEP 29 2014

AKZ125-131-135-141-300130-
WESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND-NORTHEAST PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND-
SOUTHEAST PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND-COPPER RIVER BASIN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WHITTIER...SEWARD...GIRDWOOD...
MOOSE PASS...VALDEZ...THOMPSON PASS...CORDOVA...GLENNALLEN...
EUREKA...MCCARTHY...PAXSON...SLANA
518 AM AKDT MON SEP 29 2014

...UNSEASONABLY STRONG OFFSHORE WINDS EXPECTED ALONG PRINCE
WILLIAM SOUND AND THE NORTH GULF COAST TODAY AND TUESDAY...

A STRONG UPPER LEVEL FEATURE OVER THE RUSSIAN ARCTIC WILL DIVE
SOUTHEASTWARD ACROSS MAINLAND ALASKA TODAY AND MOVE INTO THE
NORTHERN GULF OF ALASKA TONIGHT BRINGING A BLAST OF ARCTIC AIR
WITH IT. THIS WILL RESULT IN STRONG OFFSHORE WINDS...WITH SOME OF
THE STRONGEST WINDS EXPECTED IN THE COMMUNITIES OF
SEWARD...WHITTIER...AND VALDEZ. AT THE PEAK OF THE EVENT WIND
GUSTS IN THESE AREAS ARE EXPECTED TO PEAK SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 50 AND
65 MPH. ALTHOUGH AN EVENT LIKE THIS IS VERY COMMON DURING THE CORE
WINTER MONTHS IT IS MUCH LESS COMMON DURING THE FALL.

IN ADDITION...A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL DEVELOP OVER THE
NORTHEASTERN GULF LATE THIS AFTERNOON OR EVENING AND BRING
SNOWFALL TO THE EASTERN COPPER RIVER BASIN. FORECAST CONFIDENCE IS
NOT AS HIGH WITH THE DETAILS OF THIS...BUT THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR
A BRIEF PERIOD OF MODERATE SNOWFALL WITH A FEW INCHES OF
ACCUMULATION. THE MOST LIKELY AREAS TO RECEIVE SNOW ARE EAST OF
THE RICHARDSON HIGHWAY ALONG THE EDGERTON HIGHWAY OVER TO MCCARTHY
AND ALONG THE TOK CUTOFF.

THOSE PEOPLE WITH BOATS IN THE COMMUNITIES OF PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
SHOULD ENSURE THEY ARE WELL SECURED PRIOR TO ARRIVAL OF THE STRONG
WINDS. THOSE PEOPLE IN THE EASTERN COPPER RIVER BASIN SHOULD
PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS.

PLEASE VISIT WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/ANCHORAGE TO FIND DETAILED FORECAST
FOR YOUR AREA.

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