Historically Warm Winter Having Effects Across Alaska

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - While east coasters are facing frigid temperatures and snowfall, Alaska is having one of its warmest winters yet.
Above-average temperatures might sound good to most Fairbanksans, but it's troublesome for rural Alaskans.
Temperatures are 10 to 20 degrees above average, forcing recreational events to be postponed; but open water is an even bigger problem in regions where roads don't connect villages.
Hunting for food has been increasingly difficult for western Alaskans, and two people died last month to the river.
Rick Thoman with the National Weather Service says this is due to melting ice, warmer ocean temperatures, and major storms.
Rick Thoman; Climate and Science Service Manager>> "For the average homeowner in Fairbanks, it might be a good thing. In Western Alaska, mild temperatures are not a good thing. Communities that use the ice for hunting and fishing in winter, when that's not there, it's a threat to lives and livelihoods. People are going to have to adapt or move and we've done both of those before, but that's the reality we live in and there's no reason to think that warming, the changes in the seasons, aren't going to continue. So we're an adaptive species and we're going to have to put that to use."