Winter storm warnings for heavy snow have been put in place for much of the northern half of Alaska beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Residents of some areas in Northwest Alaska — the Upper Kobuk and Noatak Valleys, including the communities of Ambler, Shungnak and Kobuk — could see localized snowfall of up to 24 inches from the storm, though most of the area is expected to receive anywhere from 9 to 15 inches, according to the Weather Service.
Lower snowfall totals are expected at the extreme northern part of the state.
Snow in both the Northwest and far north regions will be accompanied by winds gusting from 55 to 65 mph, according to the warnings.
Further south and east, as the storm progresses across the state, snowfall will lessen but still be significant.
For areas such as Nenana, Anderson, Tanana, Minto, Manley Hot Springs, Rampart, Lake Minchumina, and Livengood, total snow accumulation of 6 to 12 inches is forecast, with localized amounts up to 20 inches, according to the Weather Service.
"Heaviest snowfall Tuesday and Wednesday will be generally north of the Tanana River," the advisory for the Central Interior reads. "Winds gusting as high as 25 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow making travel very difficult.
Fairbanks, however, will be spared the intensity of the storm. Snow is forecast throughout the week, but no storm warning has been issued.
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