Snow showers and breezy winds as mushers journey to Nome
While no advisories are in place across the remainder of the Iditarod Trail, breezy winds and snow showers are still expected through the day. Temperatures are expected to be cooler as mushers travel along the flat and icy path, with an additional 2 inches of snowfall likely. Visibility could be reduced at times with breezy winds through the day leading to blowing snow.
Thankfully the cooler weather and overcast skies will help keep the dogs cooler than the warmer journey through the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Some light snow showers will occur through the morning, with a better chance arriving through the day. Afternoon highs will only top out near freezing under overcast skies, allowing for cooler weather along the last stretch of the Iditarod Trail. It'll be breezy at times with winds out of the northeast up to 10 mph. While little to no snow drifts can be expected, Unalakleet will likely see additional snow totals up to one inch.
A series of storms over the past few weeks have eaten away at a lot of ice along Norton Bay which could prove difficult for many of the mushers along the treacherous route. However, winds won't be as strong, which could help some ice to refreeze the next few days.
Temperatures will hold steady just below freezing into Monday, with light showers through the day. Snow totals up to an inch is possible through the day with winds out of the north up to 15 mph.
Visibility heading into Koyuk will likely be reduced thanks to the breezy winds and steady snowfall totals. Of the three villages the mushers will be trekking through today, this portion of the trail will see the highest snowfall totals. Temperatures will stay in the mid to upper 20s through the day with 1 to 2 inches of snow possible. Winds out of the north up to 15 mph will make it feel more like the upper teens and lower 20s into the afternoon hours. The cooler weather will be beneficial and much needed for the dogs who have been dealing with warmer temperatures.
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