In many parts of Alaska, snow came early this year, but it hasn't managed to come back. Much of the white stuff has melted, blown away with the winds or been trampled into the ground creating a nice base, but just not enough of it for all our beloved snow sports.
Regardless how hard Alaskans may be wishing for a white weekend, the National Weather Forecast is here to deliver the bad news: it will be another snowless week's end for much of the state, that is unless you happen to be in Juneau.
Here's what you can expected weather-wise for major Alaska populations this weekend:
- Mostly sunny: think clear and cold with a slight, but nippy, northeast wind. Weekend highs won't get much above 25 degrees during the day and lows are expected to dip below zero. East Anchorage, however, should expect to get a little colder Saturday night. NWS predicts the east side of town could dip down to minus 15.
- The MatSu is currently under both a high wind warning and a "red flag warning, " meaning critical fire dangers are imminent or occurring now. The High wind warning is expected to diminish throughout the weekend and possibly be absent come Sunday evening. The red flag warning should follow. Temperatures should hold between 10 and 20 above with mostly sunny skies until Sunday when temperatures will dip down with highs between 5 and 10 above.
- Welcome to the cold snap, Interior! Fairbanks is expected to be mostly clear and sunny Saturday with "highs" only in the 20 to 35 below region during the day and dipping lower at night. Sunday will bring a few coulds to warm the area a little. Highs will be between 15 and 25 below during the day with some light wind.
- The weekend will be mostly cloudy with light winds and a chance of snow; one of the only places in the state predicted to receive a any. (Congratulations, Juneau!) Weekend temperatures will be between 16 and 24 above with snow accumulation estimated to be around 4 to 6 inches by Saturday night. Early Sunday morning the wind is expected to pick up bringing gusts of up to 40 mph, but it should die down to 10 to 25 mph by mid day. Expect snow on Sunday for sure, especially Sunday night, with highs between 22 and 30 above.
For more check your local forecast online at NWS.