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Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Fairbanks AK
125 PM AKDT Sat Jul 22 2017

Central Beaufort Sea Coast-Eastern Beaufort Sea Coast-
Northeastern Brooks Range-
Including Nuiqsut, Prudhoe Bay, Alpine, Deadhorse, Kuparuk,
Kaktovik, Flaxman Island, Anaktuvuk Pass, Atigun Pass,
Galbraith Lake, Sagwon, and Franklin Bluffs
125 PM AKDT Sat Jul 22 2017

...Rapid Rises on Rivers Through Early Next Week...

A series of storm systems will continue to bring periods of heavy
rainfall over the Eastern Brooks Range and eastern North Slope
through Monday of next week. Rapid rises in rivers and streams
east of the Colville River can be expected into early next week.

Periods of heavy rain will continue through Monday. Additional
rainfall amounts of one inch or more are expected through Monday.
As the rainfall makes its way into the drainages, sharp rises may
occur in a short period of time. Rivers will rise rapidly in the
Brooks Range and elevated water levels will spread to the coast.

Extreme caution should be used if you are on or near the rivers,
or attempting to cross the rivers.

For the latest forecasts go to www.weather.gov/fairbanks


Western Arctic Coast-Northern Arctic Coast-
Including Wainwright, Atqasuk, Point Lay, Cape Lisburne, Barrow,
Alaktak, Pitt Point, and Nulavik
125 PM AKDT Sat Jul 22 2017

...High Surf Possible Again Sunday Afternoon through Monday...

A low pressure system north of Barrow will continue to produce
westerly winds around 25 mph and storm surge values around 1 foot
above normal tide levels through early this evening. High Surf
conditions are expected to improve with storm surge values
decreasing and winds diminishing after 6 PM this evening.

Another low pressure system moving northeast out of the Bering Sea
will elevate tides to around 1 to 2 feet above normal tide levels
beginning Sunday afternoon and will continue into Monday morning.
Winds with this next storm are expected to remain offshore from
the southeast to east for much of the storm which will limit wave
runup and high surf impacts along the beach despite the higher
tide levels. As the winds shift late Sunday night and Monday
morning to a northwesterly direction a brief period of high surf
may develop along the coast to the north of Wainwright. The exact
track of this next storm will impact how quickly and how strong
the onshore winds develop and will have a large impact on storm
surge values. Continue to monitor the situation for the latest
forecasts and possible statements or Advisories. Those with
interests along the shore should move boats and other valuables
above the high water line.


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