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Old 12-01-2011, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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Got another 2-3 inches of snow. So nice to be off today.
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
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Warning Description: High Wind Watch

Warning Date: 5:04 am AKST on December 2, 2011

WarningSum:...High Wind Watch In Effect From Saturday Afternoon Through
Sunday Morning For Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations...

Warning Message:The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a high wind
watch...which is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday
morning.
* Location...Turnagain Arm and higher elevations.
* Wind...55 to 70 mph with possible gusts to 80 mph.
* Timing...winds will increase rapidly Saturday morning reaching
gusts to over 75 mph around noon and last through Sunday morning.
* Impacts...travel may be difficult. Loose debris can be moved and
damage property.
Precautionary/preparedness actions...
A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous
high wind event. People are encouraged to closely monitor this
weather situation. Preparation for this potentially dangerous
weather event should begin now.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:15 PM
 
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It's getting bad everywhere:

You don't see this very often:

Middle Tanana Valley

Special Statement
Statement as of 11:52 AM AKST on December 02, 2011

... Rapidly developing storm forecast to move northward across the
Bering Sea will produce a variety of hazardous weather conditions
over the Alaska interior...

A low pressure center located about 200 miles south of Adak
Friday morning will rapidly develop into a major storm by Saturday
morning as it heads northward into the Bering Sea. The storm
center is expected to move to near Saint Lawrence Island by early
Sunday morning.

As the storm strengthens and moves northward... heavy snow
will spread into the central interior. Heavy snow is expected
to begin late Saturday afternoon over the upper Koyukuk valley...
the Brooks range west of Arctic Village... the upper Yukon Valley
West of Fort Yukon... and the central interior. Snow is expected
to continue into Sunday night. Storm snowfall totals of up to
1 foot are expected over many of these areas... with local amounts
up to 2 feet possible along south and west facing slopes of higher
terrain. Over the eastern interior from the middle Tanana Valley
eastward... smaller snow amounts are expected.

Near the Alaska Range... strong sea level pressure gradients coupled
with very strong southerly flow aloft will produce very strong
Chinook winds in the Alaska Range passes west of the Tok cutoff
beginning early Saturday morning and continuing into Sunday. South
winds 35 to 55 mph with local gusts to 75 mph are expected in the
passes. Local wind damage may be possible.

A secondary low pressure center is expected to develop over the
eastern Arctic coast Sunday evening... then intensify rapidly as
it moves eastward toward the Canadian archipelago. The resulting
tight pressure gradient... reinforced by rapid pressure rises and
colder air moving in from the west... will produce strong and gusty
southwest winds over the central and western interior... and over
much of the eastern interior from the middle Tanana Valley north
and east. The strong winds are expected to develop over the
western interior late Sunday afternoon... spreading eastward
Sunday night. Many areas... including areas near Fairbanks... can
expect to experience southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with local
gusts as high as 50 to 55 mph. Over higher summits... winds
gusting to 60 mph or more will be likely. The strong winds
will result in widespread drifting and blowing snow... making
travel very hazardous. At lower elevations... near blizzard
conditions will be possible at times. Blizzard conditions
and heavy drifting snow will be likely over higher
summits of the Dalton... Steese and Elliott highways.

Wind storms of this magnitude are rarely experienced in
the Alaska interior during the winter. People in the back
country should seek shelter or return to cities and villages
before these hazardous weather conditions begin. The strong winds
with heavy drifting snow and blowing snow will likely make roads
and trails in the back country impassable... especially over higher
elevations... and could create life threatening conditions to
people who might become stranded
.
People planning travel in the
back country should wait until the storm ends and weather
conditions improve.

People should check for for the latest weather forecasts and
warnings at...

National Weather Service, Fairbanks Forecast Office, AK

Rf Dec 11
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:29 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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oh holy crapweasel...you all be careful!...get home safely, hunker in and stay there! damn!
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
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Wow, didn't see that one Moose. Nasty weather for sure.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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I imagine they will probably be shutting down the Dalton before things get really bad.

Lucky I'm at home this week.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:30 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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Originally Posted by Moose Whisperer View Post
I imagine they will probably be shutting down the Dalton before things get really bad.

Lucky I'm at home this week.
well I personally am glad your home this week! I do worry about people I know but have never met in person!!...stay safe, enjoy the "weather trapped time"!!! hahaah..husband an I just love the weather trapped times...we hunker in with the woodstove, gas stove and damn hope to hell we stocked up on some beer/wine and booze!! food is never a problem!
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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well I personally am glad your home this week! I do worry about people I know but have never met in person!!...stay safe, enjoy the "weather trapped time"!!! hahaah..husband an I just love the weather trapped times...we hunker in with the woodstove, gas stove and damn hope to hell we stocked up on some beer/wine and booze!! food is never a problem!
Can't fire up the fireplace. Too dang hot here this weekend.

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SHORT TERM FORECAST...
BIG WARM UP IS RUNNING ON SCHEDULE WITH THE SURGE MOVING INTO SOUTHWEST ALASKA TONIGHT AND INTO SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA TOMORROW. PRECIPITATION TYPE THROUGH TOMORROW AFTERNOON CONTINUES TO BE DIFFICULT IN SOUTH CENTRAL. WHAT IS FAIRLY CERTAIN ISTHAT WINDS WILL INCREASE TO HIGH WIND WARNING LEVELS IN TURNAGAIN ARMAND HIGHER ELEVATIONS AROUND ANCHORAGE THROUGH THE MATANUSKA VALLEY.WINDS WILL ALSO BECOME SOUTHEAST DURING THE AFTERNOON TOMORROW IN THOSE AREAS WHICH WILL BRING TEMPERATURES INTO THE 40S IN MANY PLACES.
Got the booze part covered though!
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Got at least two feet of snow and slush over the past few days here. Came through the Pass a couple hours ago on our way back down from Squarebanks and it was a cake walk; easiest stretch of the whole drive. Its right at freezing now, but it sounds like we're due for more if it stays cold enough for snow. That's what the NOAA forecast is calling for, saying it could be "a significant snowfall even for Valdez standards."
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:34 PM
 
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Wow thats a heck of a storm! We just got our termination dust here day before yesterday! Im excited for winter to. E here finally. Just wish i had the real snow and cold to accompany it!
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