The interior is coming off a weekend during which Fairbanks and several other locations had low temperatures in excess of 50 below zero. National Weather Service meteorologist Corey Bogel says Galena had the coldest official reading.
There’s some relief in the forecast. Things began moderating Monday morning with 30 to 40 below readings in Fairbanks, as clouds and light snow moved in. Bogel says the longer range forecast is also encouraging.
Bogel says there may be a day or two cool down as the low moves out, but the extended forecast generally calls for milder air over the interior next week. He says the trend will be complimented by the sun.
The interior is ready to say goodbye to January, which will be one of the top 10 coldest in Fairbanks recorded weather history. Bogel says there have been 16 days this month when the temperatures dipped to 40 below or colder. That’s only surpassed by 4 other months in Fairbanks history.