Region 17 – Alaska

Region 17 Forecast : Alaska | November 2015 – October 2016

SUMMARY: Winter season temperatures will be colder than normal in the north and above normal in the south, with the coldest temperatures in mid-January and late February N, early and mid-January and late February EC, mid-January and late February WC, and early January S. Precipitation will be near normal, with snowfall below normal SC and above normal EW. The snowiest periods will be in early to mid-November N + WC, mid-December EC, early to mid-November and late January SC, and late November, early December, mid-January, and late February P + A.

April and May will be slightly warmer than normal, with near-normal precipitation.

Summer will be cooler and a bit wetter than normal, with the hottest period in mid-June.

September and October will be drier than normal, with near-normal temperatures.

KEY: Panhandle (P), Aleutians (A), north (N), central (C), south (S), west-central (WC), east-central (EC), south-central (SC), elsewhere (EW)

NOV. 2015: Temp. 0° N, 34° S (2° below avg.); precip. 1.4” N, 4” S (1” above avg. N, 1” below S). 1–8 Clear, turning cold N; snow, then flurries, cold WC; flurries, mild EC; showers, mild S. 9–16 Snowstorm, then flurries N + C; snowy periods, cold S. 17–27 Snow, then flurries, cold. 28–30 Clear N + C, snowy S; cold.

DEC. 2015: Temp. –1° N, 37° S (6° above avg.); precip. 0.2” N, 5” S (avg.). 1–8 Flurries, cold N + C; snowy periods, mild S. 9–19 Snow showers, quite mild N + WC; snow, some heavy, mild EC; rain and snow, quite mild SC; clear, then rain and snow, mild P + A. 20–25 Snow showers N + C, snowy periods S; cold. 26–31 Snow showers, cold N; snow, then flurries, cold C; rain and snow, mild S.

JAN. 2016: Temp. –16° N, 25° S (4° below avg.); precip. 0.2” N, 5” S (avg.). 1–9 Flurries, turning mild N + WC; snow, then clear, bitter cold EC; clear, very cold S. 10–23 Flurries, very cold N + C; snowy periods, some heavy, cold S. 24–28 Snow showers, cold. 29–31 Flurries, cold N; snow, mild C; rain and snow, quite mild S.

FEB. 2016: Temp. –20° N, 33° S (6° below avg. N, 2° above S); precip. 0.2” N, 4” S (avg.). 1–9 Snow showers, turning cold N + C; periods of rain and snow, mild S. 10–15 Flurries, cold N + WC; flurries, mild C; rain and snow, mild S. 16–29 Snow showers, some heavy; very cold.

MAR. 2016: Temp. –14° N, 33° S (1° below avg.); precip. 0.5” N, 5” S (avg.). 1–8 Snow showers, cold N + C; rain and snow, then flurries S. 9–19 Flurries, mild N + C; snow showers, cold S. 20–31 Flurries N + C, periods of rain and snow S; cold.

APR. 2016: Temp. 2° N, 41° S (avg.); precip. 0.7” N, 3” S (avg.). 1–4 Snow showers, cold. 5–13 Rain and snow showers. 14–20 Flurries N, sunny C, showers S. 21–30 Flurries N, showers S; cool.

MAY 2016: Temp. 22° N, 48° EW (1° above avg.); precip. 0.6” N, 2.5” S (avg. N, 0.5” below S). 1–17 Flurries N + C, showers S; cool. 18–25 Showers, cool. 26–31 Showers, mild N + WC: sunny, turning warm EW.

JUNE 2016: Temp. 37° N, 53° EW (2° above avg. north, 2° below south); precip. 0.7” N, 2.5” S (avg. N, 0.5” below S). 1–4 Sunny, warm EC; showers, mild EW. 5–8 Showers, cool. 9–20 Sunny, warm N; showers, then sunny, hot C; showers, mild S. 21–30 A few showers, mild.

JULY 2016: Temp. 40° N, 55° EW (2° below avg.); precip. 2.2” N, 5” S (1” above avg.). 1–9 Rainy periods, turning cool. 10–13 Showers, warm. 14–24 A few showers, warm P + A; showers, cool EW. 25–31 Showers, cool.

AUG. 2016: Temp. 38° N, 54° EW (2° below avg.); precip. 1.2” N, 5” S (avg.). 1–5 Rain, then sunny, warm. 6–9 Sunny N, rain S. 10–19 Showers, cool. 20–31 Flurries N, showers S; cool.

SEPT. 2016: Temp. 32° N, 54° EW (avg.); precip. 1.1” N, 5” S (avg. north, 2” below south). 1–4 Flurries N, showers C + S; cool. 5–13 Snow showers N, a few showers C + S; mild. 14–20 Showers, mild N + C; sunny, cool S. 21–30 Snow showers, cold N + C; rainy periods, cool S.

OCT. 2016: Temp. 12° N, 43° S (avg.); precip. 0.1” N, 6.6” S (0.4” below avg.). 1–4 Snow showers N + C, showers S. 5–12 Snow showers N + C, rainy periods S. 13–19 Flurries N, periods of rain and snow EW. 20–23 Snow showers, mild N + C; rain and snow, cold S. 24–31 Flurries, turning cold N; snowy periods, cold EW.

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