Stuck in the freezer: Fairbanks’ colder than normal winter

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) According to the National Weather Service Fairbanks has been experiencing a colder than average winter. As many in Fairbanks have already guessed, this winter has been unusually frigid.

The last time Fairbanks saw a winter this cold was in the 1990s. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

Temperatures dipped to 41 below zero Wednesday night.

Alan Hickford with the National Weather Service says that for most of the winter there has been a high-pressure system over much of Alaska that has caused temperatures to stay lower than normal.

While the winter has been colder than usual for longer than usual, the state hasn't hit many daily records -- and it is only the 27th coldest winter on record. Hickford did say, however, that it has been one of the coldest winters in 40 years -- with 44 days of -25 or colder. The last time that happened was in 1976.

Even though it's now March, the cold is still here.

"Just this morning we hit a low of 40 below -- that is the first time in March we have hit 40 below since March 5, 1992. Before that, I think it was 1976. So it's progressed into March. It's been cold," Hickford said.

Hickford says we should have one more night of cold and then it should start warming up for the near future.

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