When it comes to dangerous winter weather, Alaska is the hot spot. The clash of Arctic air and a powerful storm are bringing the state everything from dangerous cold to blizzards and even heavy rain and wind. Anywhere else in the United States, to get all of this in one state in one day would be headline national news. Here, we call it Tuesday. 


The numbers back up the staggering winter weather of Alaska. Early Tuesday morning Huslina, Alaska recorded a low temperature of 49 degrees below zero. Factoring in wind, Deadhorse dropped to a wind chill of 65 degrees below zero. That means any exposed skin would feel the equivalent of minus 65 degrees in that environment. That kind of wind chill can cause frostbite in as little as 5 minutes. 


Wind chill warnings and advisories remain in place for the dangerous temperatures on the slope. Wind chills will range between 60 and 70 degrees below zero along the Beaufort Sea Coast through Thursday. Along the coast and in the Interior wind chill values will range between 40 and 50 degrees below zero. The wind will kick up blowing snow and reduce visibility. For that reason, a winter weather advisory is in place for the southeastern Brooks range.




Brutal wind chills are present across western Alaska. Wind chill advisories are in place through Thursday for wind chill values of 40 to 50 degrees below zero. Along the Alaska Peninsula the strong wind is kicking up blowing snow, reducing visibility in addition to the dangerous wind chills. A winter weather advisory is in place through Wednesday for the wind, blowing snow, and wind chill. 




For the Gulf Coast, it's the other end of the spectrum. A massive storm in the northern Pacific will bring rain, wind, and heavy snow to an area spanning more than a thousand miles of coastline.




A blizzard warning is in place for Kodiak through Wednesday. Wind gusts will near 45 miles per hour as 8 to 16 inches of snow piles up. That will cause white out conditions and make for difficult travel. 




Farther east, another round of snow is prompting advisories and warnings. A blizzard warning is in place for Thompson Pass for light snow and powerful wind. While the pass will likely see just 2 to 4 inches of snow, wind gusting to near 60 miles per hour will create white out conditions. The city of Yakutat is under a winter weather advisory for 2 to 6 inches of snow. The Klondike Highway and the cities of Haines and Skagway are under a winter storm warning for as much as 2 feet of snow and wind gusting to 45 miles per hour. 


Farther south, it's too warm for the traffic-stopping snow. But wind will be strong enough to cause widespread damage. A high wind warning is in place from Sitka to Petersburg to Ketchikan for wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour. Wind will pick up late Tuesday night, peaking near 60 miles per hour before tapering off early Wednesday morning. 


While the advisories and warnings don't include Anchorage or the Kenai Peninsula, heavy snow will still fall on many areas. Anchorage is spared from the brunt of the snow because of the rain shadow created by the mountains. We will likely see less than an inch in town. The mountains and coastal areas will once again be digging out of some significant snowfall. 


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