Alaska’s North Slope gets snow, while Southcentral, Southeast bask in warmth
It may be June, but that doesn’t mean the entire state of Alaska is basking in the sunshine and endless sunlight. A weather system is dropping fresh snow on the North Slope.
A winter storm watch is in effect for areas north of the Brooks Range and east of the Dalton Highway. Locations from Wainwright to Kaktovik, and south to Anaktuvuk Pass could see accumulation of 1-6 inches through Friday morning.
Meanwhile, parts of Southcentral and Southeast Alaska are seeing above normal temperatures. Areas throughout Anchorage and the Mat-Su climbed into the upper 60s and low 70s on Wednesday, with warmer temperatures forecast for Thursday.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday for the Copper River Basin, where warm and dry conditions have increased the fire danger.
Areas in Southeast Alaska are also enjoying warm, sunny weather. On Wednesday Skagway was the warmest location in the state, with a high temperature of 76 degrees. By 11 a.m., Thursday Skagway had already recorded a temperature of 80, and Yakutat had reached the upper 70s.
It’s snowing in June in my Mom’s village of Kaktovik. Very unusual weather. Photo by Tori Sims. pic.twitter.com/VPsClQo4q9
— AKU-MATU (@AKU_MATU) June 8, 2016
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