Weather Conditions Should Make for Easy Breakup

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Recent weather conditions are conducive to an easy break up.  National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb in Fairbanks says moderate temperatures are easing the interior into spring.

Plumb says if the current trend continues, it will result in a mush out of river ice, and no flooding, but he cautions that a change in the weather could quickly throw things the other way.

That’s what happened in 2009, when interior temperature abruptly climbed into the 70 degrees range at the start of May, triggering a major meltdown that lifted and jammed river ice causing major flooding along the Yukon River at Eagle.

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