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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
1232 PM AKDT SAT OCT 18 2014

AKZ201>205-191200-
WESTERN ARCTIC COAST-NORTHERN ARCTIC COAST-
CENTRAL BEAUFORT SEA COAST-EASTERN BEAUFORT SEA COAST-
NORTHWESTERN BROOKS RANGE-
INCLUDING...WAINWRIGHT...ATQASUK...POINT LAY...CAPE LISBURNE...
BARROW...ALAKTAK...PITT POINT...NULAVIK...NUIQSUT...PRUDHOE BAY...
ALPINE...DEADHORSE...KUPARUK...KAKTOVIK...FLAXMAN ISLAND...
SINGILUK...UMIAT
1232 PM AKDT SAT OCT 18 2014

...POTENTIAL FOR BLIZZARD LIKE CONDITIONS ALONG THE ARCTIC COAST
SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY...

AS THE HIGH PRESSURE IN THE HIGH ARCTIC BEGINS TO SLIDE SOUTHWARD
AND LOW PRESSURE OVER THE GULF OF ALASKA MOVES INLAND SOUTH OF THE
ALASKA RANGE...THIS WILL INCREASE THE SURFACE PRESSURE GRADIENT
ACROSS THE ARCTIC COAST AND NORTH SLOPE AREA. THE RESULT WILL
ALLOW THE STRONG EASTERLY WINDS TO BECOME EVEN STRONGER ON SUNDAY
THROUGH TUESDAY. NORTHEAST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH TODAY WILL
INCREASE SUNDAY EVENING AND BECOME EAST FROM 30 TO 40 MPH WITH
GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH. THE STRONG WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN
THROUGH TUESDAY WITH WINDS DECREASING FROM EAST TO WEST.

ALONG WITH THE STRONG WINDS...THERE COULD POTENTIALLY BE 1 TO 2
INCHES OF SNOW ON SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY. THE COMBINATION OF STRONG
WINDS AND SNOW COULD CREATE BLIZZARD LIKE CONDITIONS WITH
VISIBILITIES REDUCED TO HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES. THERE IS STILL
SOME UNCERTAINTY REGARDING THE VISIBILITY RESTRICTION DUE TO THE
AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW.

PLEASE KEEP UP TO DATE ON CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND UPDATED
FORECASTS BY VISITING WWW.WEATHER.GOV/FAIRBANKS.


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