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From snow to cold for much of Alaska

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

For most of the state this winter has been a bit out of the ordinary if not just downright frustrating. Weird weather patterns have created bi-polar-like swings in conditions; from an early snowfall in late September to below average temperatures in December to rain and ice in January.

Here's yet another unfortunate turn of events: instead of the previously forecasted snow, NWS is predicting temperature drops for most of Southcentral Alaska.

Here's what you can expect heading into the weekend. 

  • Anchorage and the Mat-Su are about to get a lot colder. The National Weather Service Friday issued a wind chill advisory for much of the Susitna Valley area, including Talkeetna. This advisory is expected to kick in around 6 p.m. this evening and go until 9 a.m. Sunday. NWS warns of "dangerous wind chills north of Talkeetna" with "snow continuing along and east of the Parks Highway."
  • Up in the Interior temperatures are back in the sub-zeros. Fairbanks is looking at the 20 to 40 below range for much of the weekend and the area north of the city, around Yukon Flats, is under a wind chill advisory from now until 6 p.m. this evening.

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