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    Sitka airport closed after storm forced rocks, debris onto runway

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 03, 14:13

    The Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport was closed for several hours Friday when a storm forced rocks and other debris onto the runway. High winds and heavy seas were blamed for the debris, which stretched across the runway for much of the day, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. “The airport is […]

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    Snow blankets Hawaii summits amid winter storm warning

    by Associated Press on Dec 01, 17:45

    HONOLULU (AP) – It’s wintertime in Hawaii. The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a winter storm warning for the summits of Hawaii’s Big Island as wind and snow engulf the high peaks. Up to a foot of snow is possible on the summits of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes above 12,000 […]

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    Snow falls in Anchorage with more on the way

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 01, 8:35

    Updated at 10:37 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 Just hours into December, Anchorage has already picked up more snow this month than October and November combined, with 5.1 inches recorded since midnight. This is also about twice as much as the December 2015 total of 2.6 inches. This brings the 2016-2017 snow season total to […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Bowman Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Nov 29, 19:33

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Bowman Elementary School, where the third-graders in Ms. Bonin’s class learned how the weather is unique in Alaska.  I also answered the KTVA Weather Lab Question of the Week: Why doesn’t Southcentral Alaska get to see big thunderstorms? Every Tuesday, Melissa Frey will take the KTVA Weather Lab […]

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    Heavy snow, strong winds headed to parts of Southeast Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Nov 28, 11:09

    ANCHORAGE – A strong storm headed towards Southeast Alaska will bring snow, rain and windy conditions by late Monday night. Heavy snow is expected over the northern panhandle beginning sometime after midnight Tuesday. A winter storm warning is in place for the Klondike and Haines Highways, where 8 to 18 inches of wet snow is […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Alaska Native Cultural Charter School

    by Melissa Frey on Nov 22, 18:57

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, where the third graders in Ms. Ray and Ms. Harrington’s classes tried their hand at presenting the weather forecast to an audience. I also answered the KTVA Weather Lab Question of the Week: What’s the coldest temperature recorded on earth? Every Tuesday, Melissa […]

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    See ya, sun! Alaska’s North Slope gets last sunrise until January

    by Rachael Penton on Nov 18, 11:46

    The sun will set in Alaska’s North Slope this afternoon, but it will not rise above the horizon until late January. Today begins 24 hours of darkness for many areas within the Arctic Circle, a time period known as the polar night. Utqiaġvik (Barrow) won’t see the sun for a period of more than 60 […]

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    Winter outlook calls for continued warmth across most of Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Nov 17, 10:17

    Don’t be misled by the light scattered snow in Anchorage on Thursday morning, the state is expected to have above average temperatures and below average precipitation for most of winter. The Climate Prediction Center released its latest winter outlook Thursday, and to no surprise Alaska is expected to remain warmer than normal in December, January, and […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Trailside Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Nov 08, 11:20

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Trailside Elementary School, where the third graders in Mrs. Cragen and Mrs. Khaki’s classes wanted to know about the tools I use to forecast the weather. The students discovered what thermometers, anemometers and barometers do and learned all about weather satellites and radar. I also answered the KTVA […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Tudor Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Nov 01, 19:31

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, Melissa Frey visited Tudor Elementary School, where the third graders in Ms. Krise and Ms. Chambers’ classes were eager to try their hand at forecasting the weather. The students found out what happens when you mix fire and water balloons and Melissa answered the KTVA Weather Lab Question of the Week: […]

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    State, municipal plows stay busy after first snowfall of the season

    by Eric Ruble on Oct 21, 21:07

    The first measurable snowfall Friday created a mess on many Southcentral roads. By the evening, most major streets were cleared of snow. However, many side streets had not yet seen a plow. Both the Alaska Department of Transportation and the street maintenance division of the Anchorage municipality plow the busiest thoroughfares first. For DOT, prioritizing […]

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    Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau record first measurable snowfall in same week

    by Rachael Penton on Oct 21, 11:47

    This week was one of transition for weather across Alaska, with Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau all recording the first measurable snowfalls of the year. Winter weather in Southeast Alaska began last Sunday, with a widespread early snowfall across the panhandle. The Juneau International Airport recorded 5.1 inches of snow on Sunday, a new daily record. […]

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    First snowfall makes for slippery morning commute in Anchorage, Mat-Su

    by Rachael Penton on Oct 21, 6:25

      ANCHORAGE — Last updated at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 The Friday morning commute in the Anchorage or Mat-Su areas was slow-going for many. A cold front passing through Southcentral has brought the season’s first measurable snowfall. The Anchorage Police Department has received reports of at least 16 vehicle crashes and 35 vehicles in distress since midnight, according […]

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    In Alaska, last year’s winter was warm, this one may be wet

    by Tyler Stup / KNOM on Oct 18, 21:39

    After last year’s warmer winter and over 218 days of above average temperatures, western Alaska could be in store for above average precipitation this winter, says climate science expert Rick Thoman. At this point, Thoman says, odds slightly favor significantly above-normal snowfall. Last year’s warmer winter is partially a result of El Niño, a mass of […]

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    Winter weather begins for some of Alaska

    by Melissa Frey on Oct 17, 19:50

    Winter-like weather is slowly spreading across Alaska. The Southeast saw record-setting snowfall on both Saturday and Sunday, with over five inches in Juneau and one to 12 inches across the northern areas of the Southeast. The snow didn’t stick around for long though. Monday temperatures warmed to the 40s for most, ending any chance of snow with […]

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    Air quality advisory in place for the Valley as high winds continue

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 17, 17:56

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has issued an air quality advisory for Palmer and surrounding areas as windy conditions continue in the Valley. The advisory went into effect at 9 a.m. Monday and will last until the wind and dust subsides. “Due to increasing winds and dry conditions, the air quality in Palmer and surrounding areas is […]

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    First snow of the season falls in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska

    by Melissa Frey on Oct 16, 18:58

    ANCHORAGE — The first snow of the season started falling in Southeast Alaska late Saturday night and is now making its way into Southcentral.  By Sunday afternoon, one to nine inches were reported across the Southeast, including two inches in Juneau and nine inches in the Mendenhall Valley. The Juneau airport picked up 0.6 inches […]

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    High winds take down historic Iditarod headquarters sign

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 16, 17:51

    The welcome sign for the Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) headquarters was destroyed Sunday by high winds in the Valley. ITC CEO Stan Hooley said the sign was erected around the time the headquarters was established in the late 1980s. “Mother Nature and the high winds we had here in the last bit took it’s toll on the […]

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    ‘Worst of it is yet to come’: Hurricane Matthew hammers Florida

    by CBS News on Oct 07, 6:51

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Hurricane Matthew scraped Florida’s Atlantic coast early Friday, toppling trees onto homes and knocking out power to more than half-million people but sparing some of the most heavily populated stretches of shoreline the catastrophic blow many had feared. Authorities warned that the danger was far from over, with hundreds of miles […]

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    Anchorage records first official frost of the season

    by Rachael Penton on Sep 30, 11:48

    It’s been a chilly week across southcentral Alaska, and just before 8 a.m. Friday Anchorage finally recorded its first official frost of the season. Temperatures in many areas of the Anchorage bowl have dropped below freezing this week, with some spots reaching the upper 20s. However, because climate data is recorded at Ted Stevens Anchorage […]