western alaska storm


An active weather week is underway for parts of western Alaska, with two strong storms on the way.


The first area of low pressure is currently located over the Aleutians and is making its way to the west coast while continuing gather strength.


The storm will move into the southern Bering Sea Tuesday night before heading north early Wednesday. It’s expected to bring strong southeast winds — up to 55 mph — snow, and areas of freezing rain to coastal communities by Wednesday evening.


Those strong winds will also cause blowing snow. Blizzard conditions could develop and reduce visibility in areas from the Bering Strait north on Wednesday.


Communities on the Baldwin Peninsula, Seward Peninsula, Eastern Norton Sound, St. Lawrence Island, the Bering Strait coast and the Lower Yukon Valley will be affected.


There are currently no watches or warnings for land areas as of Tuesday morning, but gale warnings are in place for marine areas beginning Tuesday afternoon and continuing into Wednesday morning.


Another, stronger low pressure system will follow, bringing more winter precipitation and strong winds to the west coast on Thursday night and Friday.


Winds within the second storm may be strong enough to cause areas of high surf and ice piling up on south facing shores.


Rachael Penton can be reached via email or on Twitter @RachaelPenton.


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