Spring storm expected to hit Fairbanks tonight through Wednesday

FAIRBANKS, Alaska The national weather service has issue a severe storm winter storm warning for the Fairbanks area from 10 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Wednesday. The storm is expected to start around 6 p.m. on Monday with rain and turn to snow by midnight. Over 3 inches of snow is expected to fall in town and 9 inches could fall in the hills north of town.

A winter storm. (Credit: Simard Automotive)

According to Melissa Kreller, the Meteorologist in Charge with the National Weather Service, the storm should be over by Wednesday and the warm weather return. Kreller also says that a storm like this is rare.

"This time of year there is only 8 days or less that we have received greater than four inches of snow since 1915," Kreller said. "So it's unusual that we would receive that much snow. But again, the big concern is that it is wet, heavy, slushy snow and that is going to cause issues with travelers."

Jason Young with the Alaska State Troopers gave some advice for people who have travel during the storm.

"We just advise drivers to drive a little bit slower, make sure they are leaving adequate space between themselves and drivers around them," Young said. "Keep your headlights on, if you are going to be any making turns make sure to use your blinker, make sure that other people see you so nothing bad happens to you. If you think you are going to be running late call your boss let them know you are going to be late to work, leave a little bit earlier than you normally would just so then there is no risk of you having to go fast."

Drivers should keep some basic safety gear in their vehicle:

  • flares

  • Something reflective

  • Blanket

  • Winter Gear

  • Shovel

  • Tow Strap

  • Non-perishable food (Like snack bars, protein bars and jerky)

  • Water