NOAA has issued a Special Weather Statement for the Brooks Range in northern Alaska.
Up to 8″ of snowfall is forecast! And it looks like it’s going to snow a bit all week in the Brooks Range.
"Snowfall in the far western Brooks Range will be up to 8 inches tonight west of Howard Pass, and Saturday night up to 6 inches of snow is possible around Anaktuvuk Pass with lesser amounts to the east." - NOAA Fairbanks, AK today
Southern Alaska will get snow, too!
“First Taste of Autumn in Southern Alaska!
A cooler air mass will move into Southern Alaska this weekend. Gusty winds can be expected along the coast with the cooler air. Precipitation will also spread across the area, with snow levels dropping to between 2,500 and 6,000 feet by Sunday morning. Rain, heavy at times, can be expected for the lower elevations.
Those recreating in any of the mountain ranges across southern Alaska this weekend should plan for much colder conditions, including snow at the higher elevations.” – NOAA Alaska
Snow levels will drop as low as 2,500′.
"Snow levels will fall to around 2500 feet west of Howard Pass tonight, and to around 3500 feet Saturday night to the east of Howard Pass." - NOAA Fairbanks, AK today
Snow in AK this time of year isn’t unusual. NOAA issued Winter Storm Warnings in the Brooks Range in August each of the past two years (2015, 2016).
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR ALASKA:
Special Weather Statement National Weather Service Fairbanks AK 238 PM AKDT Fri Aug 11 2017 Northwestern Brooks Range-Northeastern Brooks Range- Including Singiluk, Umiat, Anaktuvuk Pass, Atigun Pass, Galbraith Lake, Sagwon, and Franklin Bluffs 238 PM AKDT Fri Aug 11 2017 ...Early Season Snowfall and Strong Winds in the Brooks Range this Weekend... A weather system over the Arctic will send cold air south this weekend with snowfall expected in the Brooks Range. Snowfall is expected in the western Brooks Range, and higher elevation passes of the central and eastern Brooks Range. Snowfall in the far western Brooks Range will be up to 8 inches tonight west of Howard Pass, and Saturday night up to 6 inches of snow is possible around Anaktuvuk Pass with lesser amounts to the east. Atigun Pass and the Dalton Highway can expect some snow, but current guidance indicates 2 inches or less in the corridor. Snow levels will fall to around 2500 feet west of Howard Pass tonight, and to around 3500 feet Saturday night to the east of Howard Pass. Strong Gusty winds to 35 mph can also be expected through the passes Saturday night. If you are planning outdoor activities or travel plans in the Brooks Range over the weekend, especially over Atigun Pass, you should be prepared for winter weather conditions.