Ice Forecast
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SEA ICE ADVISORY FOR WESTERN AND ARCTIC ALASKAN COASTAL WATERS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE ALASKA
300 PM AKDT FRIDAY 26 MAY 2017

FORECAST VALID...WEDNESDAY 31 MAY 2017

ANALYSIS CONFIDENCE...MODERATE TO HIGH

SYNOPSIS...A BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL REMAIN OVER THE BERING
STRAIT REGION THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

-ARCTIC OCEAN-
-BEAUFORT SEA-
PKZ510-EASTERN U.S. ARCTIC OFFSHORE-
PKZ505-CENTRAL U.S. ARCTIC OFFSHORE-
PKZ500-WESTERN U.S. ARCTIC OFFSHORE-
PKZ245-FLAXMAN ISLAND TO DEMARCATION POINT-
PKZ240-CAPE HALKETT TO FLAXMAN ISLAND-
PKZ235-POINT FRANKLIN TO CAPE HALKETT-

ICE COVERED.

-CHUKCHI SEA-
PKZ215-KOTZEBUE SOUND-
PKZ220-WALES TO CAPE THOMPSON-
PKZ225-CAPE THOMPSON TO CAPE BEAUFORT-
PKZ230-CAPE BEAUFORT TO POINT FRANKLIN-

THE MAIN ICE EDGE IN THE CHUKCHI SEA EXTENDS FROM NEAR WALES TO
66.1N 167.6W TO 67.3N 169.5W TO 67.4N 171.4W TO 66N 168.7W TO 66N
169.7W. THE ICE EDGE IS MAINLY OPEN WATER.

FORECAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY FOR THE CHUKCHI SEA...WINDS WILL BE LIGHT
AND VARIABLE THROUGH MONDAY...THEN BECOME NORTHERLY THROUGH
WEDNESDAY. THE ICE EDGE IS EXPECTED TO RETREAT FURTHER NORTH INTO
THE CHUKCHI SEA BY ABOUT 10 TO 15 NM THROUGH WEDNESDAY...WITH PIECES
OF THE MAIN ICE PACK CONTINUING TO BREAK OFF AND MELT THROUGH THE
FORECAST PERIOD AS THEY MOVE INTO WARMER WATER.

-BERING SEA-
PKZ200-NORTON SOUND-
PKZ210-DALL POINT TO WALES-

SEA ICE REMAINS IN AND NEAR NORTON SOUND AS WELL AS ON THE NORTHEAST
SIDE OF SAINT LAWRENCE ISLAND.

FORECAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY FOR THE BERING SEA...WINDS WILL BE LIGHT
AND VARIABLE THROUGH SATURDAY...THEN BECOME NORTHERLY THROUGH
WEDNESDAY. SEA ICE WITHIN THE BERING SEA WILL CONTINUE TO MELT
THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

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