FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks could see an official temperature of 30 below zero tonight for the first time this winter, as a brief stretch of colder weather moves into the area.
The National Weather Service is projecting lows as cold as minus 35 degrees tonight and Tuesday night at Fairbanks International Airport.
Forecaster Don Aycock said winds that have kept the temperature relatively warm in recent days are expected to die. That, combined with clear skies, should send thermometers plunging, particularly in the valleys.
“We could be getting pretty cold in the usual areas like Goldstream and North Pole,” Aycock said. “The low-lying areas will be cold.”
If the official temperature does hit minus 30 tonight, it will mark the lowest temperature of the season.
The Fairbanks area has hit the minus 20 milestone eight times so far in November, with low temperatures of 27 below zero at the airport on Nov. 13 and Nov. 16. However, Aycock said other parts of the borough have seen colder temperatures than those official marks.
The cooling trend was already being seen in parts of the northeast Interior on Sunday, with some areas dipping below minus 40 degrees. Birch Creek had a low of minus 46, while observers in both Central and Eagle recorded temperatures of minus 41.
Temperatures in the Fairbanks area are forecast to climb slightly by Thanksgiving, with lows of about 20 below projected for Thursday night.
Contact staff writer Jeff Richardson at 459-7518.