FAIRBANKS - Just when you thought summer was finally peeking its head out from under the melting snow.
Fairbanks set a new record low temperature of 22 degrees on Monday at Fairbanks International Airport. That broke the old record of 26 degrees in 1938.
A strong cold front moved across northern Alaska Sunday night and temperatures dropped below zero in the Brooks Range and into the teens and 20s over the remainder of the Interior, the National Weather Service said.
The cold air mass resulted in record-low temperatures in other locations besides Fairbanks.
The low of 22 degrees at Eielson Air Force Base broke the record of 26 set in 1965. Bettles had a low of 10 degrees to shatter the old record of 20 degrees in 2007.
Sub-zero temperatures were reported in the Brooks Range north of Fairbanks. The coldest temperature reported was 6 below in Killik Pass. It was 5 below at Atigun Pass and 2 below at Norutak Lake. Winds gusting to more than 25 mph resulted in wind chills approaching 30 below zero in Brooks Range passes.
In addition to record low temperatures Monday morning, some locations are expected to tie or break records for cold high temperatures today. Temperatures across much of the Interior will only climb into the 30s and some areas in the north will remain in the 20s, the weather service said.
The normal highs for today are in the high 50s and lower 60s.
A cold front over northern Alaska sent temperatures plummeting Monday morning around the Interior. Here is a list of temperatures reported from different sites.
Killik Pass — -6
Atigun Pass — -5
Bettles — 10
Huslia — 12
Ruby — 13
Tanana — 16
Galena — 17
Fort Yukon — 18
Nenana — 19
Fairbanks — 22*
Eielson Air Force Base — 22*