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Old 12-07-2011, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Man, it's bad out there. Frozen craziness everywhere. It's hard enough that I can walk right on top of the 2+ feet in the yard with no worries of falling in at all. I've heard several reports of guys damaging loaders trying to clear this crap. My guy was out clearing roads and driveways for ten hours yesterday and he's back out tonight after putting in 12 hours at his real job.

We've got snow/slush/rain in the forecast every day for the next week.
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:18 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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Wow, that's a lot of snow you still have left under that ice!

I actually saw a couple of patches of grass today, admittedly in sheltered spots where the snow was never deep to begin with. Depressing at this time of year.

We need fresh snow to cover up all the dirty, frozen slop left behind by our off-season "mini break-up."
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Wow, that's a lot of snow you still have left under that ice!
With what we're forecast to get tomorrow we should be over 90 inches for the season.
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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I am 5'1". 61 inches. Just sort of putting it into some sort of mental image I can imagine...

That is a hell of a lot of snow.
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
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Warning Description: Blizzard Watch

Warning Date: 3:53 PM AKST on December 6, 2011

WarningSum:...Blizzard Watch In Effect From Late Wednesday Morning Through
Wednesday Evening For Portage Valley And Turnagain Arm...

Warning Message:The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a blizzard
watch...which is in effect from Wednesday morning through
Wednesday evening.
* Timing...the worst conditions are expected between late
Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening.
* Winds/visibility...east winds of 30 to 45 mph. Snow and blowing
snow possibly reducing visibility to less than one quarter mile.
* Snow accumulations...6 to 12 inches.
Precautionary/preparedness actions...
A blizzard watch means there is a potential for falling and/or
blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities.
This can lead to white-out conditions and make travel very
dangerous.
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
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I am 5'1". 61 inches. Just sort of putting it into some sort of mental image I can imagine...

That is a hell of a lot of snow.
Heehee! That's precisely why I am so extremely interested in trying to find a job in Valdez after I finish my flight training. If that's possible that is. Maybe I could get some sort of flight instructing position down there. If not, I'll have to be content with visiting the place, but either way, it's alright. Coming from down here, and it having been so long since I lived in VT/MA, even interior snow seems like a lot.

But Valdez's 350+ inches of annual snow are really attractive to me, even though I know that sometimes it will make you want to scream because there's so much of it. Comes with the territory if you love snow and ice like I do, I guess. Hehe, maybe one day, after some years of living in the North, I will grow very tired of that fluffy white stuff, but it won't be anytime soon!
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Author: EMnet-WX.001
Sent: 10:37AM Wed 12/07/2011
Message ID: 48989

To: 002180,002188,002185,002290,002270,002050


WINTER STORM CONTINUES TO LASH WEST COAST,

A 968 MB LOW IN THE NORTH CENTRAL BERING SEA WILL MOVE TO THE
BERING STRAIT BY THURSDAY NIGHT,THEN CONTINUE INLAND ON FRIDAY
AS IT WEAKENS.

BLIZZARD AND WINTER STORM WARNINGS CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA.

WINDS HAVE INTENSIFIED ALONG THE COAST OVERNIGHT AND WILL CONTINUE
INTO THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING BEFORE GRADUALLY DIMINISHING
OVERNIGHT. THE STRONGEST WINDS THIS MORNING WILL BE AROUND NORTON
AND KOTZEBUE SOUNDS WHERE GUSTS TO AROUND 50 MPH WILL OCCUR.

IN THE LOWER YUKON VALLEY FROM ANVIK SOUTH,NEAR BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS THIS MORNING,THEN A PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN
THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY IN THE EVENING. WINDS WILL DIMINISH
DURING THE AFTERNOON. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL OF UP 4 TO 8 INCHES IS
EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT.

NORTH OF ANVIK IN THE MIDDLE YUKON VALLEY NORTH TO THE BROOKS
RANGE,SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO FRIDAY. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT
TIMES TODAY AND TONIGHT. 6 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED WITH
THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS IN AND NEAR THE NULATO HILLS AND OVER THE
SOUTH SLOPES OF THE BROOKS RANGE.

ON THE SEWARD PENINSULA,NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THIS
MORNING,THEN WINDS DIMINISHING IN THE AFTERNOON. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS UP 4 TO 8 INCHES TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT. PEAK WINDS
THIS MORNING WILL BE NEAR 50 MPH.

ST LAWRENCE ISLAND AND THE BERING STRAIT COAST INCLUDING LITTLE
DIOMEDE,WINDS HAVE DIMINISHED OVERNIGHT TO 10 TO 20 MPH GUSTING
TO AROUND 35 MPH. SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL STILL EFFECT TRAVEL
IN THE AREA,BUT THE BLIZZARD WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE
AREA. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL OF 2 TO 4 INCHES IS EXPECTED THROUGH
THURSDAY MORNING.

KOTZEBUE SOUND AND VICINITY,BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THIS
MORNING WITH VISIBILITY NEAR ZERO AT TIMES. WINDS INCREASING TO 30
TO 40 MPH GUSTING TO AROUND 50 MPH,DIMINISHING LATE THIS
EVENING. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES THROUGH
THURSDAY MORNING.

THIS STORM IS BRINGING DANGEROUS CONDITIONS TO THE AREA,TRAVEL
WILL BE DIFFICULT AS HEAVY DRIFTING OF SNOW OCCURS AND VISIBILITY
IS REDUCED BY BLOWING SNOW. EXTREME CAUTION SHOULD BE USED IF
TRAVEL IS REQUIRED.

FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION GO TO
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Sounds pretty bad Warpt, be careful out there!
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
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Well... 35 degrees and blowing 35 mph with heavy rain and freezing rain. I think I'm getting a glimpse of what it would be like to be in somewhere like Juneau or POW. And it confirms my suspicions that I would not want to be that far south in AK. Heavy precipitation falling but the temperature only 5 degrees too warm to snow... it's flat out torture (just because I so badly wish it was snow instead of rain). Be careful out there driving that bus Warpt! Sounds like some bad blowing snow!
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Another strong winter storm expected to affect the west
coast of alaska this coming weekend,

an active weather pattern is expected to persist along the west
coast of alaska into next week. An area of low pressure currently
in the north-central pacific is expected to develop into a strong
area of low pressure near shemya on friday,and rapidly intensify
into a strong storm as it moves north friday night and saturday.
The strong storm is expected to be about 600 miles west of saint
lawrence island saturday afternoon.

A strong weather front well ahead of the low will bring strong
wind and snow to many parts of the alaska west coast as it
strengthens and moves northeastward. The strongest wind is
expected to be over saint lawrence island friday night into
saturday,where east winds of 40 to 55 mph with gusts to 65 mph
are possible. The strong wind along with snow and blowing snow
will likely produce blizzard conditions,along with high seas
over the bering sea southwest of st lawrence island where there is
still a considerable amount of open water.

The storm will likely bring heavy snow and locally strong winds
to the lower yukon valley,the lower koyukuk and middle yukon
valleys,and the western parts of the upper kuskokwim valley
saturday and saturday night. Snowfall amounts in excess of 8
inches could occur in these areas saturday into saturday night.
Enough warm air may move north into the yukon delta and portions
of the lower yukon valley to cause the snow to change over to
freezing rain at some point during the storm.

Snow will also likely spread north across the seward peninsula and
north to the chukchi sea coast late saturday into saturday
night,with several inches of snow accumulation possible. Heavy
snowfall will also be possible across the baldwin peninsula and
selawik valley,and in parts of the lower kobuk and noatak
valleys.

Along the alaska range in the upper kuskokwim valley,locally
strong south winds gusting to 60 mph are expected to develop
saturday and continue through saturday night as a chinook develops
ahead of the low.

Residents in the western interior and along the west coast
should continue to monitor the latest forecasts from the national
weather service forecast office in fairbanks. Another round of winter
storm or blizzard watches will likely be required for portions of
the west coast of alaska later this week.
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