Winter weather will be cold and snowy
– or not – depending on the source
BY JOY SULLIVAN
Pity the poor soul who is responsible for predicting Alaska’s weather. One day it can be sunshiny and clear, and the next blowing up a storm to end all others. We here at Coast may not be able to look into a crystal ball and give you a good idea of what to expect this sled season, but apparently there are sources out there who are brave enough to attempt it. So here is what Alaska’s winter might just look like.
According to The Alaska Weather Group, Alaska will be under the slight influence of El Nino and this means a very cold winter over the northern half of the state and near normal for the southern portion. Snowfall is projected to be above normal for most of the state but not extreme snowfall. The most snow will fall in February and there will be a mild and rather dry December.
The Farmers Almanac predicted winter temperatures will be above normal, with January the coldest period. Precipitation and snowfall will be below normal, with the snowiest periods in mid- to late- December for the northern regions; mid-February and mid-March for east-central and west-central regions; and mid- and late January for Southcentral. Late January, the Aleutians will get their biggest accumulation and the Panhandle will see its snow in early to mid-November, late December, late January, and late March. The Almanac also predicted that April and May will be warmer than normal, with near-normal precipitation and less snowfall than normal.
We may not know what the future holds, but we do know that after last winter’s dismal display, Alaskans deserve a solid, snowy winter.