Snow showers and low visibility along the Iditarod Trail
Mild weather gripped the first half of the Iditarod, but as a storm system tracks into Southwest Alaska, it will bring reduced visibility, windy conditions, and snow showers.
While the greatest impacts will be felt into the evening hours, the first half of Saturday will still be mild with highs topping out in the mid-30s. Although reduced visibility can be challenging at times, the Yukon River will allow for a fairly easy trek for mushers with little bends as the journey to Nome continues.
Snow depth for the remainder of the trip will vary greatly, with many areas still hovering near two feet of snow and approaching five feet as the mushers near Nome.
A winter weather advisory continues for Iditarod, where an additional 2-3 inches of snow is possible through the day. Temperatures will be hovering in the upper 20s Saturday morning with some light snow showers ongoing.
With the fresh snow falling and winds out of the southeast up to 25 mph, drifting snow will likely occur. Through the afternoon hours cloudy skies will continue to filter into the region, with afternoon highs topping out just above freezing.
Anvik is also under a winter weather advisory through Sunday, with additional snow totals likely through the day. Some freezing fog is possible through the morning hours, with temperatures hovering in the upper 20s.
By the afternoon hours winds will increase out of the east up to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30. While snow will be falling through most of the day, a changeover to a wintry mix will occur through the afternoon as highs top out near 35 degrees.
Eagle Island Weather:
The journey to Eagle Island will likely be a mess for many mushers. Not only will freezing fog be a possibility, but a wintry mix will be ongoing for most of the morning into the afternoon hours. Thankfully any reduced visibility will be offset by the fact that the journey will be along the Yukon River.
Eagle Island is also under a winter weather advisory with afternoon highs topping out near freezing, with drifting snow and breezy winds through the day.
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