Scientific Forecaster Discussion
Northern Alaska forecast discussion
National Weather Service Fairbanks Alaska
414 PM akst Wednesday Dec 18 2013
incoming weather front will bring snow to the southern parts
of the forecast area...heaviest amounts are expected to be
in zone 215 where a Winter Weather Advisory has been posted
for tonight and Thursday for 2 to 5 inches of snow. Elsewhere
lighter amounts can be expected in zones 214-southern 216-
223-224-225-226. Snowfall will be limited to the southern
parts of the forecast area as the main energy moves eastward
into the northern Gulf of Alaska.
Another round of snow will be possible over much of the western
interior and West Coast Friday afternoon into Sat as an elongated
surface low complex moves northeastward to the West Coast.
No significant weather is expected along the Arctic coast
through the weekend as a high pressure ridge builds eastward
across the Beaufort Sea.
Current GFS/European model (ecmwf) solutions differ on the development and
movement of another upper ridge over the forecaster early to middle
next week...but both indicate above normal temperatures likely
over much of the forecast area.
Coastal hazard potential days 3 and 4...none
Wind Chill Advisory for akz224.
Winter Weather Advisory for akz215.
Heavy freezing spray warning for pkz210.
Small Craft Advisory for pkz210.
Brisk Wind Advisory for pkz220.
Rf Dec 13