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NORTHERN ALASKA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
356 PM AKST SAT FEB 28 2015

.DISCUSSION...
MODELS IN DECENT AGREEMENT THROUGH ABOUT 60 HOURS. VERY STRONG
STRONG SHORT WAVE MOVING ACROSS THE CENTRAL INTERIOR. THIS QUICK
MOVING FEATURE IS DROPPING A COUPLE OF INCHES OF SNOW AS IT
SWIFTLY MOVES EAST. STRONG WINDS WILL FOLLOW IN TRACE FROM THE
FRONTAL PASSAGE.

SEVERAL INTERIOR ZONES WILL SEE A FEW INCHES OF SNOW AND BLOWING
SNOW THROUGH TONIGHT WITH THE COLD FRONT MOVING EASTWARD.

THE STRONG WINDS IN THE INTERIOR WILL CAUSE BLOWING SNOW OVER
HIGHER TERRAIN BUT THE BIGGER STORY WILL BE ON THE ARCTIC COAST.

EXTREMELY STRONG WINDS WILL BEGIN TO RAMP UP THIS EVENING IN THE
EASTERN ARCTIC. WIND GUSTS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO AT LEAST TO
80 MPH THIS EVENING. THE TIGHT PRESSURE GRADIENT AND THE EXTREMELY
TIGHT TEMPERATURE GRADIENT ARE WORKING HAND IN HAND TO CREATE THE
INTENSE WINDS IN THE EASTERN ARCTIC. NEARLY ALL OF THE WIND WILL
ABATE BY SUN AFTERNOON.

A VERY STRONG AND FAST MOVING HIGH PRESSURE WILL MOVE INTO THE
WEST COAST THIS EVENING RIGHT BEHIND THE COLD FRONT AND PROVIDE
THE IMPETUS FOR MOVING THE COLD FRONT RAPIDLY EAST. THE RIDGE SETS
UP IN THE INTERIOR ON SUNDAY BUT THEN ANOTHER SERIES OF INTENSE
SHORT WAVES WORK IN TANDEM TO KNOCK DOWN THE RIDGE AND BRING IN
DECENT COLD AIR AND RAPIDLY MOVING PRECIPITATION MAKERS THROUGH
THE WEEK.

AT THIS POINT IT APPEARS THAT THE BEGINNING OF MARCH BY THE MIDDLE
PORTION OF THE WEEK WILL TURN COLD AGAIN AND NOT REALLY WARM INTO
THE SECOND WEEK OF MARCH.

&&

.AFG WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WINTER STORM WARNING FOR AKZ207-AKZ208-AKZ217.

BLIZZARD WARNING FOR AKZ203-AKZ204-AKZ206.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR AKZ201-AKZ202-AKZ205-AKZ209-AKZ210-
AKZ216-AKZ218-AKZ219-AKZ220-AKZ221-AKZ222-AKZ224.

GALE WARNING FOR PKZ240.

HURRICANE FORCE WIND WARNING FOR PKZ245.

BRISK WIND ADVISORY FOR PKZ210-PKZ215-PKZ220-PKZ225-PKZ230-
PKZ235.
&&

$$

CF FEB 15



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