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Wind chills to minus 60 possible in northern and western Alaska

  • Author: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 26, 2019
  • Published December 26, 2019

The National Weather Service issued wind-chill warnings for Alaska’s northern and western coasts.

Warnings of dangerously cold winds were forecast for a handful of northern areas including the Beaufort Sea coast, the southeastern Brooks Range and the Kobuk and Noatak river valleys. Wind chill was predicted to range from 40 to 60 below zero and the weather service said frostbite could occur on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes in those conditions.

The weather service issued wind-chill advisories through Friday morning for the Bering and Chukchi sea coasts, including the Seward Peninsula and the Yukon Delta.

A blizzard warning was issued for the area south of the Denali National Park entrance. Wind chills to minus 40 were forecast with new snow and blowing snow that could create slippery conditions on the Parks Highway.