Warm Temperatures Delay First Freeze, Snow

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The interior’s warm fall continues, as high pressure that’s dominated Alaska weather for the past two weeks, persists. National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Thoman says it’s resulted in consistently above normal temperatures and a few records.

The Nome and Kotzebue records were 60 degrees, while the McGrath highs were all around 70.  Thoman says the high pressure system has substantially delayed the first official freeze at the Weather Service’s Fairbanks recording station.

Thoman says many areas have seen frost over the last month, and those that haven’t likely will in the next several days, as the high pressure air shifts.

Thoman says while temperatures will cool somewhat, it’s expected to remain dry.  The average first snow in Fairbanks is September 23, but Thoman says there’s no precipitation in the current outlook.

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