Brace yourself for more cold. According to a statement published by the National Weather Service on Tuesday, temperatures around the Interior could drop to 50 below this weekend.
“Cold air will push southeast across the state Thursday and Friday, then settle over the area through the weekend as the atmosphere continues to cool,” the statement reads. “Residents should prepare for the cold, especially if traveling, by keeping cold weather gear available at all times.”
Scott Berg, a meteorologist with the Weather Service, said some areas could reach a temperature that poses risks to those unprepared.
“Especially if you’re in the area where it’s 50 below and something happens,” he said.
The coldest temperatures will be felt southeast of a line from Fort Yukon to Livengood to Lake Minchumina. Along the Alaska-Canada border, temperatures are expected to drop to around 50 below, while the Tanana Valley will see temperatures dropping into the 30s below on Sunday and Monday before warming up again.
“Those coldest temps are going to be around Eagle, Northway, Tok,” Berg said. “The Fairbanks area itself will be around 30 below, maybe 32 or 33 below. It’ll be cooler to the southeast of us.”
For Fairbanks, Berg said, the coldest days will be Sunday and Monday. According to the statement, high temperatures are anticipated to be just 5 to 10 degrees warmer than the lows. The Weather Service is expecting temperatures to warm up a little from Tuesday night through Thursday.
According to Berg, Fairbanks is experiencing a long period of cold temperatures that, if it continues, could become a record-breaker.
“We’ve had a long stretch here,” he said. “We’ve had about 22 days in a row with a temperature of 5 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. It looks like that is getting to the point where we could be starting to get to a near-record length of time for temperatures that cold or colder. But we’re still maybe 10 days away from that.”
Contact staff writer Alistair Gardiner at 459-7575. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMoutdoors.