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Snow forecast for high elevations in Alaska's Brooks Range

  • Author: Megan Edge
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published August 10, 2015

Some parts of northern Alaska are expected to get snow this week, but don't worry -- the snow isn't expected to stick around long.

Starting Monday, rain is expected to turn into snowfall above 3,000 feet in the northeastern Brooks Range in northern Alaska, the National Weather Service said in a special weather statement.

By Tuesday morning, 5 inches of wet, heavy snow is expected above 4,000 feet and up to 3 inches above 3,000 feet, the weather service said.

But Fairbanks-based NWS meteorologist Ben Bartos said the snow is expected to melt quickly.

Snow doesn't typically stick in Alaska mountain ranges until September, Bartos said. He added that snowfall high in mountain ranges this time of year isn't unusual.

The weather service is warning backcountry recreationalists to be prepared for snow and motorists traveling over Atigun Pass on the Dalton Highway to be cautious.

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