...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM AKST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Blizzard conditions occuring. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Damage to power lines is possible. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected. * WHERE...St Lawrence Island and Bering Strait Coast. * WHEN...Now to 9 PM today. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 70 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely difficult.
...MAJOR WINTER STORM LIKELY LATE THIS WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK... A major winter storm is expected to impact the West Coast and Western Interior late this weekend into early next week, right on the heels of a leading front which is impacting the West Coast/Bering Strait currently, and will do so through Saturday. The second much larger storm will pose the threat for heavy snowfall, significant blowing and drifting snow with 35 to 60 mph south to east winds, and hazardous travel conditions. In addition, coastal areas along the West Coast from the Bering Strait southward, may see sea ice pushing up on the beaches where there is limited shorefast ice and who are prone to southeast winds through Sunday night. Another surge of west winds as the low shifts inland may present issues on Monday, as well, but the the fine details are still muddy at this juncture. Currently, the latest forecasts are indicating a surge of 3-5 feet above the normal high tide line (MHHW) for parts of the Yukon Delta north into Norton Sound, beginning late Saturday night and into Sunday. Stay tuned to www.weather.gov/fairbanks as we continue to monitor this storm.