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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012 12:28 am | Updated: 12:06 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — It’s been a tough winter in Fairbanks so far for snow lovers, and it doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon.

The official tally for snowfall at Fairbanks International Airport was 11.3 inches as of Saturday, with no measurable snow at the site in two weeks. That’s less than half of the average of 22.9 inches of snow by Nov. 24, according to National Weather Service statistics.

The prospects of a late November snow dump to help out skiers and snowmachiners isn’t promising.

National Weather Service forecasters are grappling with two diverging forecast models in the week ahead — one includes a cooling trend, the other warmer temperatures — but neither includes any snowfall through next Saturday.

The 15-day forecast, which has a greater margin for error, also doesn’t include any sign of snow.

“Who knows what this season will bring, but so far it’s looking low,” said National Weather Service forecaster Cary Freeman.

Freeman said several recent seasons have seen heavy snowfall soon after the new year to boost meager snow tallies. In the most recent 30-year tally of weather statistics, the winter season average is 65 inches of snow at the Fairbanks airport.

Contact staff writer Jeff Richardson at 459-7518.

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