Early Friday morning, the National Weather Service in Fairbanks, Alaska, issued a winter storm warning for the Brooks Range and part of Alaska’s North Slope. This is the first winter storm warning issued anywhere in the U.S. this snow season, which officially began on July 1.
Significant snowfall is forecast, especially in the higher elevations of the Brooks Range above 2,000 feet. Some areas above 4,000 feet could get close to a foot of snow by Sunday morning.
“Winds will pick up tonight and Saturday night, bringing high and gusty winds along the north coast of Alaska. Winds up to 50 mph are possible,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines said. “
Etigan Pass, Alaska, in the Brooks Range. (ADOT)
The last winter storm warning in the United States was issued on June 15 for an area of northern Montana that included the northern Rocky Mountain Front and western Glacier region. The last winter storm warning issued by the Fairbanks NWS was on March 11 and included Denali and parts of the eastern Alaska Range.
This area of Alaska still experiences near daylight at this time of year, but the amount of daylight decreases as winter approaches. Anaktowic Pass, Alaska, one of the cities under a winter storm warning this weekend, saw its first glimpse of twilight on July 18 for the first time in nearly two months.
As of August 5, Anaktuvuk Pass experiences 19 hours of daylight and 5 hours of civil twilight. Civil twilight is the period when the sun is about six degrees below the horizon, but on a clear day, there is enough light for normal outdoor activities. According to Merriam Webster.
While Alaska gets a taste of winter, the lower 48 will have to wait a little longer for snow. In fact, August 5 is one of the few dates on which No weather station in the lower 48 has ever measured snow. Their recorded history does not include mountain peaks.
But relief is in sight — August is the last month of meteorological summer, with meteorological autumn officially beginning on Thursday, September 1. Could see the early frost.and there are others Forecast to experience early significant snowfall.
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