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HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL DISCUSSION
NWS ALASKA PACIFIC RIVER FORECAST CENTER ANCHORAGE AK
300 PM AKDT FRI JAN 18 2018

...FLOOD POTENTIAL...

THE FLOOD POTENTIAL IS CURRENTLY LOW FOR THE STATE.

...HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL DISCUSSION....

THE WEATHER OVER THE STATE WILL TURN COLDER AND GENERALLY DRYER
BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND AND LASTING THROUGH NEXT WEEK.

...SNOW DEPTH...

REPORTED SNOW DEPTHS AROUND THE STATE RANGE FROM NO SNOW OVER
COASTAL AND SOUTHERN SOUTHEAST TO 119 INCHES AT A STATION NEAR
THOMPSON PASS... BUT MOST LOW TO MID ELEVATION STATIONS ACROSS THE
STATE ARE REPORTING LESS THAN 33 INCHES OF SNOW.

...ICE THICKNESS...

ICE THICKNESS READINGS ARE TAKEN AT THE START OF THE MONTH ONCE THE
ICE IS THICK ENOUGH TO SAFELY MEASURE.  ICE THICKNESS MEASUREMENTS
REPORTED FOR EARLY JANUARY INCLUDE:  14 INCHES IN ANCHORAGE... 20
INCHES NEAR WASILLA... 17 INCHES AT LAKE MINCHUMINA... 10 TO 18
INCHES IN THE FAIRBANKS AREA... 42 INCHES AT EAGLE... 22 INCHES ON
THE LOWER SELAWIK RIVER... 23 INCHES ON KOTZEBUE LAKE... AND 24
INCHES AT COLVILLE VILLAGE.  AS OF EARLY JANUARY THERE ARE STILL
NUMEROUS OPEN HOLES OF VARIOUS SIZES ON THE LOWER KUSKOKWIM RIVER...
MAKING TRAVELING ON THE RIVER HAZARDOUS.

...LONG RANGE...

THE 6 TO 10 DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK HAS INCREASED PROBABILITIES OF
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER THE ENTIRE STATE.

THE 6 TO 10 DAY PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK HAS INCREASED PROBABILITIES OF
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER MOST OF THE MAINLAND AND PART OF
NORTHERN SOUTHEAST ALASKA.  FAR SOUTHERN SOUTHEAST HAS INCREASED
PROBABILITIES OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

PLEASE REFER TO THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER HOME PAGE FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION.

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THIS TEXT PRODUCT WILL BE ISSUED WEEKLY ON FRIDAY UNTIL RIVER ICE
BREAKUP IN MAY 2018. A GRAPHICAL VERSION OF THE HYDROMET DISCUSSION
IS AVAILABLE AT HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/APRFC/GRAPHICALHMD

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