Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Fairbanks, AK

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NORTHERN ALASKA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
112 AM AKST MON FEB 8 2016

.DISCUSSION...
RELATIVELY QUIET WEATHER IS IN STORE FOR NORTHERN ALASKA INTO THE
UPCOMING WEEK WITH TEMPERATURES RUNNING GENERALLY ABOVE NORMAL AND
ONLY VERY LIGHT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...IF ANY...EXPECTED. MODELS ARE
STILL IN GOOD AGREEMENT WITH A PERSISTENT GIANT UPPER LEVEL RIDGE
ESSENTIALLY EXTENDING FROM CALIFORNIA NORTH TO THE YUKON
TERRITORY AND INTO THE HIGH ARCTIC. THE NORTHERN EXTENT OF THE
RIDGE DOES BREAKDOWN SLIGHTLY AS WEAK TROUGHS OF LOW PRESSURE
ROTATE NORTH INTO THE STATE AROUND AN UPPER LOW OVER THE GULF OF
ALASKA...BRINGING SOME CLOUDS AND SNOW SHOWERS BUT AMOUNTS WILL BE
LIGHT AND NOT WIDESPREAD.

IN THE SHORT TERM...SNOW SHOWERS IN NORTHWEST ALASKA ASSOCIATED
WITH A DYING TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE BERING STRAIT AND
CHUKCHI SEA WILL TAPER OFF THIS MORNING AS THE TROUGH CONTINUES
TO MOVE WEST INTO RUSSIA. THE NEXT PLAYER IS LOW PRESSURE NEAR
KODIAK ISLAND WHICH WILL MOVE NORTHWEST INTO THE BERING SEA
DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS AND SPREAD SOME SNOW SHOWERS INTO THE
LOWER YUKON RIVER VALLEY TONIGHT AND TUESDAY. THE TRACK OF THIS
LOW IS BEGINNING TO TIGHTEN UP THE NORTHEAST PRESSURE GRADIENT
ACROSS THE STATE BUT WINDS WILL REMAIN WELL BELOW ADVISORY LEVELS
EXCEPT OVER THE MARINE WATERS. SOME AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW ARE
LIKELY ON THE ARCTIC COAST BUT SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES
ARE NOT ANTICIPATED.

LATER THIS WEEK...A WEATHER FRONT WILL MOVE INLAND FROM THE
NORTHEAST GULF OF ALASKA AND BRING SOME SNOW SHOWERS TO THE
EASTERN HALF OF THE STATE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY...AND THE
WESTERN INTERIOR AND ARCTIC COAST THURSDAY NIGHT AND INTO FRIDAY.

&&

.AFG WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
BRISK WIND ADVISORY FOR PKZ200-PKZ210-PKZ235-PKZ240-PKZ245.
&&

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FEB 16


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