Cold front expected to bring winds, blowing snow to interior Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The National Weather Service is warning of high winds and blowing snow.

Weather prediction models seen on computers at the National Weather facilities at UAF. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

A cold front that is moving into the interior Wednesday will bring increased winds to areas in and around Fairbanks.

Tyler Rodenbaugh, forecaster with the National Weather Service, said that winds are expected to be blowing between 10-15 MPH in the city, with gusts of up to 50 MPH in the hills north of Fairbanks.

Snow is expected Wednesday evening. Rodenbaugh said that Fairbanks will receive between two to five inches of dry snow. The dry snow and winds will cause blowing and drifting in Fairbanks, especially at higher elevations.

Rodenbaugh said that the wind will also bring cold wind chill. “We are going to see wind chill values around minus 10 to minus 20 in the Fairbanks area, and places north of Fairbanks could see wind chill values in the minus 20 to minus 35 range Wednesday through Friday.”
He added that people should make sure to wear warm clothes to protect themselves from the wind chill, and have a winter weather supply kit in their vehicles.

According to Rodenbaugh, the wind in Fairbanks should not be strong enough to affect any trees or power lines, but area north of Fairbanks could potentially lose power due to the snow.

Rodenbaugh said that the snow should leave the area Thursday and the winds should die down on Friday.

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