Weather Service map 12.24.19

It’s time to gear up for a proper northern Alaska winter as temperatures are expected to continue well below zero for the next several days throughout the region.

Ambient temperatures are expected to range from 30 below to 40 below into the weekend in some areas.

The National Weather Service issued a warning Wednesday for severe wind chill readings in the Upper Kobuk Valley and Noatak Valley in the northwest area of the state and across the Southeastern Brooks Range to the Canada border. Sustained winds of 15 mph or more will drive the wind chill to as low as 65 below zero, the Weather Service warning reads.

"The dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin," the warning reads.

Fairbanks will experience less-severe cold with temperatures ranging from near 20 below zero to near 30 below zero heading into the weekend.

In a special weather statement released Christmas Eve morning, the Weather Service warned that cold air would push south into the Interior on Wednesday night and persist into the weekend. Ice fog is expected in some communities.

To check the forecast, readers can visit www.weather.gov/afg/ and select their community on the interactive map.

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