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Photos: Iditarod passes through McGrath

An aerial view of the McGrath checkpoint on March 6, 2013
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Mike Ellis' siberian huskies howling in the McGrath checkpoint. March 6, 2013
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Rudy Demoski feeds his dogs in McGrath. March 6, 2013
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A dog in Matt Failor's team naps in a light snowfall in McGrath. March 6, 2013
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Jessica Hendricks tends to her dogs in the McGrath checkpoint. March 6, 2013
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Dropped sleds in the McGrath checkpoint. Mushers will often switch sleds depending on their race strategy or conditions. March 6, 2013
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Aaron Peck and Wade Marrs relax in the McGrath checkpoint. March 6, 2013
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Musher mail in the McGrath checkpoint. March 6, 2013
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A dog in Justin Savidis' team keeps the snow off with a little hay at the McGrath checkpoint. March 6, 2013
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Charlie Bejna's team naps underneath an Iditarod dog team crossing sign. March 6, 2013
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McGrath 5th grader Emily Deacon, left, and 3rd grader Dakota Magnuson collect musher signatures at the checkpoint. March 6, 2013
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Mike Ellis exercises his team during their 24-hour rest stop in McGrath. The long rest gives mushers a chance to take a closer look at each member of their team, looking for any problem that might crop up. March 6, 2013
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Conditions were calm and beautiful for flying along the Iditarod Trail from Nikolai to McGrath on Wednesday. But weather changes were expected, with a high pressure system idled north and a low pressure system moving up from the Bering Sea.  

The big southerly wind flow on Wednesday brought uncommonly warm temperatures and very big, wet snowflakes to McGrath. No one can be certain which influence will dominate the race this week. Many waited out the weather in McGrath overnight Wednesday, as the mushers headed west toward checkpoints in Ophir and Iditarod.

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