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FZAK80 PAFC 202335
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Sea Ice Forecast for Western and Arctic Alaskan Coastal Waters
National Weather Service - Alaska Sea Ice Program
330 PM AKDT Friday 20 May 2024

FORECAST VALID...Wednesday 25 May 2024

ANALYSIS CONFIDENCE...High.

SYNOPSIS...A low will move east across the southern Bering Sea and
move onshore over the southwest mainland through Wednesday. A second
low will take a similar track east across the southern Bering Sea
Thursday through Saturday. High pressure will remain over the
Chukchi and Beaufort Seas through Saturday.

The main ice edge extends from near Quinhagak to 59 48N 168 54W to
near Saint Matthew Island to 61 56N 178 12W and continues in
Russian waters. The ice edge is open water.

From land-based points in Alaska, the main ice edge extends from
near Quinhagak to 75 nm west of Cape Mendenhall to near St. Matthew
Island to 205 nm southwest of Gambell and continues in Russian
waters. The ice edge is open water.

-BEAUFORT SEA-

PKZ505-Central US Arctic Offshore-
PKZ510-Eastern US Arctic Offshore-
PKZ813-Point Franklin to Cape Halkett out to 15 nm-
PKZ814-Cape Halkett to Flaxman Island out to 15 nm-
PKZ815-Flaxman Island to Demarcation Point out to 15 nm-
PKZ860-Cape Halkett to Flaxman Island from 15 nm to 80 nm-
PKZ861-Flaxman Island to Demarcation Point from 15 nm to 75 nm-

Ice covered.

FORECAST FOR THE BEAUFORT SEA (DAYS 1 through 5)...Forecast
confidence is high. Winds will be out of the northeast through
Saturday. Pack ice will generally remain consolidated against the
shorefast ice with little change. Polynyas that have formed off
shorefast ice off the northern Alaska coastline are expected to
close off again as pack ice drifts southwest.

-CHUKCHI SEA-

PKZ500-Western US Arctic Offshore-
PKZ505-Central US Arctic Offshore-
PKZ807-Wales to Cape Espenberg out to 15 nm-
PKZ808-Cape Espenberg to Motherwood Point out to 10 nm-
PKZ809-Motherwood Point to Cape Krusenstern out to 10 nm-
PKZ810-Cape Krusenstern to Cape Thompson out to 15 nm-
PKZ811-Cape Thompson to Cape Beaufort out to 15 nm-
PKZ812-Cape Beaufort to Point Franklin out to 15 nm-
PKZ813-Point Franklin to Cape Halkett out to 15 nm-
PKZ855-Kotzebue Sound greater than 10 nm-
PKZ856-Wales to Cape Thompson greater than 15 nm-
PKZ857-Cape Thompson to Cape Beaufort from 15 to 85 nm-
PKZ858-Cape Beaufort to Point Franklin from 15 to 85 nm-

Ice covered.

FORECAST FOR THE CHUKCHI SEA (DAYS 1 through 5)...Forecast
confidence is high. Winds will remain out of the northeast through
Saturday. Sea ice will drift southwest through the forecast period,
though south of Point Hope winds will be light and variable so sea
ice will move with tides and currents. The polynya off the Cape
Lisburne to Point Barrow coast is expected to expand southwestward
through the forecast period.

-BERING SEA-

PKZ762-Bristol Bay from Cape Chichagof to Cape Peirce out to 15 nm-
PKZ763-Kuskokwim Delta and Etolin Strait out to 15 nm-
PKZ765-North and West of Nunivak Island-
PKZ767-Saint Matthew Island waters-
PKZ801-Etolin Strait to Dall Point out to 15 nm-
PKZ802-Dall Point to Kwikpak Pass out to 15 nm-
PKZ803-Kwikpak Pass to Cape Stephens out to 15 nm-
PKZ804-Cape Stephens to Moses Point out to 15 nm-
PKZ805-Moses Point to Sledge Island out to 15 nm-
PKZ806-Sledge Island to Wales out to 15 nm-
PKZ816-South side of Saint Lawrence Island out to 15 nm-
PKZ817-North side of Saint Lawrence Island out to 15 nm-
PKZ850-Etolin Strait to Kwemeluk Pass from 15 to 90 nm-
PKZ851-Southwest of Saint Lawrence Island from 15 to 100 nm-
PKZ852-Norton Sound greater than 15 nm-
PKZ853-Kwemeluk Pass to Kwikpak Pass from 15 to 90 nm-
PKZ854-Sledge Island to Wales greater than 15 nm-

Ice covered.

PKZ412-Bering Sea 171W to 180 and North of 56N-
PKZ414-Bering Sea East of 171W-
PKZ756-Port Heiden to Nelson Lagoon out to 15 nm-
PKZ758-Nelson Lagoon to Cape Sarichef out to 15 nm-
PKZ760-Bristol Bay greater than 15 nm-
PKZ761-Bristol Bay from Port Heiden to Cape Chichagof out to 15 nm-
PKZ764-Kuskokwim Delta from 15 to 80 nm-
PKZ766-Pribilof Islands Nearshore Waters-

FORECAST FOR THE BERING SEA (DAYS 1 through 5)...Forecast confidence
is high. Winds will shift direction as each low moves east through
the forecast period. Overall, expect sea ice to move with the
prevailing wind direction and gradually decrease in concentration.
The ice edge itself will remain relatively stationary.

Shorefast ice from the Kuskokwim Delta through the Yukon Delta has
shown some very early signs of degradation, especially south of
Hooper Bay. Additional melting and destabilization will occur
through the forecast period.

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