Snow Forecast Along North Slope

Wintry weather is forecast to sweep across Arctic Alaska.

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National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Berg says a deep low pressure system is sending cold air down over the North Slope and Brooks Range, ushering in conditions a-typical of mid August.

“Generally it would bring just rain, but this is really cold and we’re gonna actually see some snow up along the North Slope,” Berg said. “It could possibly affect the Dalton Highway and the passes through the Brooks Range with a couple inches of snow.”

The northwestern Brooks Range can expect for up to 2 inches of snow, while up to 5 are forecast for the northeastern portion of the range, including Anaktuvuk and Atigun passes.

No snow is expected to the south, but Berg says the Interior will get some rain.

Berg says the high pressure ridge that dominated interior weather for much of the summer has pushed off to the east, allowing systems to move across the state.

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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