Fairbanks expects winter storm over Christmas weekend

Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 1:50 PM AKST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a severe winter storm on Christmas weekend, buffeting the Alaskan Interior with snow and potentially even worse weather conditions.

After being buried in snow last weekend, the Tanana Valley is expected to see another storm hit on December 25 through December 27.

Kaitlyn Lardeo, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks, said, “We’ll be expecting a chance of light snow on Saturday, with the heavier snow developing on Sunday.”

NWS has put out a Winter Storm Watch stretching from Chena Hot Springs and Eielson Air Force Base in the east to Ester in the west.

The snowfall amount may even exceed last weekend’s buildup. “Total, we’re looking about a foot of new snow over the weekend. Confidence is fairly up there, just because we are expecting Southwesterly flow to impact the area, warming up temperatures into the mid-20s, lower 30s,” said Lardeo.

The National Weather Service is even predicting up to 18 inches of snow in localized areas.

And on Monday, the Southwesterly flow of air could bring mixed precipitation. “Could be freezing rain. It could be a wintry mix. It could be anywhere in-between from snow to rain.”

These conditions could make travel more difficult, “especially with gusty winds creating blowing snow and therefore reducing visibilities,” said Lardeo.

Residents are encouraged to stay safe. “Even though it’s a busy holiday season, just be prepared any way you can. Keep up with the forecast.”

For more information and the latest forecast, the National Weather Service in Fairbanks can be reached at 907-458-3700 or online here.

The facility is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including during the holidays.

Copyright 2021 KTVF. All rights reserved.