The western coast of Alaska is facing an evolving winter storm and, while the Interior looks as if it will remain unscathed, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Fairbanks office cautioned residents to keep up with the weather.
“Basically, there is like a big storm system in the Bering Sea, and as we were looking at our computer models over the past couple of days, the path has been changing,” said forecaster Ryan Metzger.
The storm was much farther east a few days ago, Metzger said. While earlier in the week it looked as if Interior Alaska might be facing a snowstorm, he said that looks less likely now, although potential exists for more snowfall around Tuesday and Wednesday.
Due to the evolving nature of the storm, Metzger advised people “stay tuned to the forecast.”
Meanwhile, those on the west coast are facing the possibility of a foot of snow, as well as potential for coastal flooding, he said.
“The strong winds will push the water inland, so communities on the west coast — like Nome, for example — could see that, although the numbers are still kind of up in the air as to how high the water will get,” he said.
In Fairbanks, residents can expect light snowshowers in the coming days, but not much accumulation, Metzger said.
High temperatures today are anticipated to be in the mid-teens before dropping to the single digits by nighttime, he said. On Monday, highs are anticipated to be in the single digits before dropping to about zero degrees at night.
People can check weather.gov/arh to stay updated on weather in Alaska.
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