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Winter Storm Watch

Winter Storm Watch issued February 21 at 6:14AM AKST until February 23 at 3:00AM AKST by NWS Juneau AK

...ACCUMULATING SNOW FOR THE KLONDIKE HIGHWAY... .A quick moving front will impact the panhandle on Thursday bringing accumulating snow to the Klondike Highway above 1500 feet. Snow will begin wet and heavy during the morning hours before becoming increasing dry in the afternoon and evening. As the snow transitions away from wet and heavy, visibilities will begin to drop. If temperatures are lower than expected, or if winds are higher than expected, then there is an increased likelihood of visibilities dropping below 1/2 mile. * WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of up to 8 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Visibilities as low as one mile. * WHERE...Klondike Highway above 1000 ft. * WHEN...From Thursday morning through late Thursday night. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Wet and heavy snow will transition to drier snow Thursday afternoon.

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Area
Municipality of Skagway

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 6:08AM AKST until February 21 at 6:00PM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Snow and blowing snow with low visibility expected. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. Visibility one half mile or less at times. * WHERE...Eastern Norton Sound and Nulato Hills. * WHEN...From 9 AM this morning to 6 PM AKST this evening. * IMPACTS...Plan on hazardous travel conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility below a half mile at times. Snow drifts will form.

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Area
Eastern Norton Sound and Nulato Hills

Winter Storm Warning

Winter Storm Warning issued February 21 at 6:08AM AKST until February 21 at 6:00PM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph. * WHERE...St Lawrence Island. * WHEN...Until 6 PM AKST this evening. * IMPACTS...Plan on hazardous travel conditions. Areas of blowing snow could reduce visibility to near zero at times. Large snow drifts could form.

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Area
St Lawrence Island

Winter Storm Warning

Winter Storm Warning issued February 21 at 6:08AM AKST until February 21 at 6:00PM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph. * WHERE...Yukon Delta Coast and Lower Yukon River. * WHEN...Until 6 PM AKST this evening. * IMPACTS...Plan on hazardous travel conditions. Areas of blowing snow could reduce visibility to near zero at times. Large snow drifts could form.

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Area
Yukon Delta Coast; Lower Yukon River

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 6:08AM AKST until February 21 at 9:00PM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Snow and blowing snow with low visibility expected. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. Visibility one half mile or less at times. * WHERE...Southern Seward Peninsula Coast. * WHEN...From 10 AM this morning to 9 PM AKST this evening. * IMPACTS...Plan on hazardous travel conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility below a half mile at times. Snow drifts will form. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The strongest winds and lowest visibility will be east of Nome.

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Area
Southern Seward Peninsula Coast

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 6:08AM AKST until February 21 at 9:00PM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Snow and blowing snow with low visibility expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches. Winds gusting to 35 mph. Visibility one half mile or less at times. * WHERE...Lower Yukon and Innoko Valleys. * WHEN...From noon today to 9 PM AKST this evening. * IMPACTS...Plan on hazardous travel conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility below a half mile at times. Snow drifts will form. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Heaviest snow and lowest visibility near the Nulato Hills.

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Area
Lower Yukon and Innoko Valleys

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 6:08AM AKST until February 22 at 12:00AM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Snow and blowing snow with low visibility occuring. Total snow accumulations of up to two inch. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. Visibility one half mile or less at times. * WHERE...Diomede and the Bering Strait Coast. * WHEN...Until midnight AKST tonight. * IMPACTS...Plan on hazardous travel conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility below a half mile at times. Snow drifts will form.

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Area
Shishmaref; Bering Strait Coast

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 6:08AM AKST until February 22 at 12:00AM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Snow and blowing snow with low visibility expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches. Winds gusting to 25 mph. Visibility one half mile or less at times. * WHERE...Middle Yukon Valley. * WHEN...From 3 PM this afternoon to midnight AKST tonight. * IMPACTS...Plan on hazardous travel conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility below a half mile at times. Snow drifts will form. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Heaviest snow and lowest visibility near the Nulato Hills.

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Area
Middle Yukon Valley

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 6:08AM AKST until February 22 at 6:00AM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Snow and blowing snow with low visibility expected. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. Visibility one half mile or less at times. * WHERE...Lower Kobuk Valley, Upper Kobuk Valleys and Lower Koyukuk Valley. * WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 6 AM AKST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Plan on hazardous travel conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility below a half mile at times. Snow drifts will form.

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Area
Lower Kobuk Valley; Upper Kobuk Valleys; Lower Koyukuk Valley

Blizzard Warning

Blizzard Warning issued February 21 at 6:00AM AKST until February 21 at 6:00PM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions occuring. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph. * WHERE...Central Beaufort Sea Coast and Eastern Beaufort Sea Coast. * WHEN...Until 6 PM AKST this evening. * IMPACTS...Plan on very difficult travel conditions. Whiteout conditions expected with large snow drifts forming.

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Area
Central Beaufort Sea Coast; Eastern Beaufort Sea Coast

Blizzard Warning

Blizzard Warning issued February 21 at 6:00AM AKST until February 22 at 12:00PM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions occuring. Additional snow accumulations of 3 inches. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph. Wind chills to 50 below. * WHERE...Western Arctic Coast from Point Lay to Point Hope. * WHEN...Until noon AKST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Plan on very difficult travel conditions. Whiteout conditions expected with large snow drifts forming. Wind chills to 50 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

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Area
Western Arctic Coast

Blizzard Warning

Blizzard Warning issued February 21 at 6:00AM AKST until February 22 at 12:00PM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions occuring. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph. * WHERE...Northwest Arctic Coast, Northern Arctic Coast. * WHEN...Until noon AKST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Plan on very difficult travel conditions. Whiteout conditions expected with large snow drifts forming.

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Area
Northwest Arctic Coast; Northern Arctic Coast

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 5:58AM AKST until February 21 at 9:00AM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Snow and blowing snow with low visibility. Additional snow accumulations of 2 inches. Visibility one half mile or less at times. South winds gusting to 25 mph. * WHERE...Dalton Highway Summits. * WHEN...Until 9 AM AKST this morning. * IMPACTS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Large snow drifts will form.

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Area
Dalton Highway Summits

Wind Advisory

Wind Advisory issued February 21 at 5:57AM AKST until February 22 at 6:00AM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...South winds 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph expected. * WHERE...Through passes of the Northern Denali Borough. * WHEN...From 3 PM this afternoon to 6 AM AKST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds have decreased this morning but are expected to increase again this afternoon. The strongest winds will be through the Canyon south of Healy.

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Area
Northern Denali Borough

High Wind Warning

High Wind Warning issued February 21 at 5:57AM AKST until February 22 at 9:00AM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...South winds 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph expected. * WHERE...Eastern Alaska Range North of Trims Camp. * WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 9 AM AKST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Damaging winds could blow down trees. Power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds have decreased this morning but are expected to increase again this evening.

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Area
Eastern Alaska Range North of Trims Camp

Wind Advisory

Wind Advisory issued February 21 at 5:57AM AKST until February 22 at 9:00AM AKST by NWS Fairbanks AK

* WHAT...Southeast winds 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph expected. * WHERE...Delta Junction. * WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 9 AM AKST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds are decreasing this morning, but are expected to increase again this evening.

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Area
Delta Junction

Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement issued February 21 at 5:43AM AKST by NWS Anchorage AK

Another round of strong winds will develop through the day today, reaching peak intensity late tonight as a low pressure system moves up Cook Inlet. Expect southeast winds gusting 40 to 60 mph through most of the Anchorage Municipality. These winds will also increase temperatures into the upper 30s and lower 40s through late this evening, resulting in further melting and wet roadways. Winds will diminish as precipitation arrives early Thursday morning. Precipitation may begin as rain due to warm near-surface temperatures, but should transition to snow as cold air moves up Cook Inlet. The timing of the changeover will dictate snow accumulations, with 1 to 3 inches possible at sea level and 4 to 8 inches possible at higher elevations. The addition of snow and below-freezing temperatures to wet roadways may create difficult travel conditions.

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Area
Anchorage

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 5:42AM AKST until February 22 at 12:00PM AKST by NWS Anchorage AK

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches. Winds gusting as high as 25 mph. * WHERE...Matanuska Valley, North and East of Palmer. * WHEN...From midnight tonight to noon AKST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Strong winds will redevelop today as a low pressure system moves into Cook Inlet. Precipitation may start as rain this evening before transitioning to snow late tonight into Thursday morning as colder air moves in. Highest snow totals expected near Sutton and the base of the Talkeetnas.

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Area
Matanuska Valley

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 5:42AM AKST until February 22 at 12:00PM AKST by NWS Anchorage AK

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 13 inches. * WHERE...Susitna Valley North and West of the Talkeetna Cutoff. * WHEN...From 3 PM this afternoon to noon AKST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The heaviest snow is expected from tonight through early Thursday morning, with snowfall rates as high as 1 inch per hour possible.

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Area
Susitna Valley

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 5:42AM AKST until February 22 at 5:00PM AKST by NWS Anchorage AK

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 18 to 24 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. Visibility reduced to one-half mile or less at times. * WHERE...Thompson Pass. * WHEN...From 9 PM this evening to 5 PM AKST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches an hour expected. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Precipitation type in Valdez is expected to be mixed through the duration of the event due to southerly winds through the narrows. However, should the winds subside earlier or temperatures remain cold enough for snow through the duration of the event, 1 to 2 feet of snow are possible at sea level.

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Area
Northeast Prince William Sound

Winter Storm Warning

Winter Storm Warning issued February 21 at 5:42AM AKST until February 22 at 5:00PM AKST by NWS Anchorage AK

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations 12 to 24 inches. Highest totals expected near Thompson Pass. * WHERE...Richardson Highway from Tonsina south to Thompson Pass. * WHEN...From 9 PM this evening to 5 PM AKST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour are expected from this evening through Thursday morning.

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Area
Copper River Basin

Blizzard Warning

Blizzard Warning issued February 21 at 5:23AM AKST until February 21 at 3:00PM AKST by NWS Anchorage AK

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions. Snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph. Visibility reduced to one- quarter mile or less at times. * WHERE...Kuskokwim Delta, including Nunivak Island and the Kuskokwim Delta Coast. * WHEN...Until 3 PM AKST this afternoon. * IMPACTS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility to a quarter mile or less at times. Gusty winds could cause power outages. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Heavy snow and southeast winds gusting to 40 mph have brought blowing snow and visibilities to a quarter mile or less at Mekoryuk this morning. Blizzard conditions are expected to continue through this morning for Nunivak Island. As snow and gustier winds move inland across the Kuskokwim Delta, many locations including Bethel can expected reduced visibility to one-half mile or less, and areas along the coast can expect periods of a quarter mile or less visibility. Snow accumulations of around 2 to 3 inches are expected for Nunivak Island and the Kuskokwim Coast near Toksook Bay, with lower snow amounts expected further inland.

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Area
Kuskokwim Delta

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 5:23AM AKST until February 21 at 3:00PM AKST by NWS Anchorage AK

* WHAT...Snow and blowing snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. Visibility to one-half mile or less. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. * WHERE...Bristol Bay, mainly from New Stuyahok and Koliganek and west. * WHEN...Until 3 PM AKST this afternoon. * IMPACTS...Plan on difficult travel conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could cause power outages. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Strong winds and heavy snow are expected to reduce visibility as they move across Southwest Alaska through this afternoon. Snowfall rates will increase this morning to as high as an inch per hour, especially from Cape Newenham to New Stuyahok. Confidence is lower that Iliamna, King Salmon, and the Alaska Peninsula will see significant visibility reductions in blowing snow due to warmer temperatures at these locations.

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Area
Bristol Bay

High Wind Warning

High Wind Warning issued February 21 at 4:53AM AKST until February 22 at 1:00AM AKST by NWS Anchorage AK

* WHAT...West winds 55 to 75 mph with gusts up to 85 mph. * WHERE...Western Aleutians, including Attu, Shemya, and Amchitka. * WHEN...Until 1 AM AKST Thursday. * IMPACTS...High winds may move loose debris, damage property, and cause power outages. Falling snow in combination with strong winds could significantly reduce visibility at times. Travel will be difficult. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Peak winds are expected from morning through the early afternoon for Attu and Shemya, and from this afternoon through evening for Amchitka. Expect 2 to 4 inches of snowfall through tonight, with visibility as low as one-quarter mile at times due to strong winds blowing about falling snow.

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Area
Western Aleutians

High Wind Warning

High Wind Warning issued February 21 at 4:53AM AKST until February 22 at 6:00AM AKST by NWS Anchorage AK

* WHAT...Southwest winds 40 to 60 mph with gusts up to 80 mph expected. * WHERE...Central Aleutians, including Adak and Atka. * WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 6 AM AKST Thursday. * IMPACTS...High winds may move loose debris, damage property, and cause power outages. Falling snow in combination with strong winds could significantly reduce visibility at times. Travel will be difficult. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Strong winds will move from the Western Aleutians into the Central Aleutians this afternoon, with winds expected to peak tonight. Widespread wind gusts up to 70 mph are likely, with wind gusts reaching as high as 80 mph at times. Expect around two inches of snowfall through tonight, with visibility reductions possible as strong winds blow about falling snow.

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Area
Central Aleutians
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