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Winter storm warning for Juneau, Hoonah, Sitka, Petersburg and Angoon

14 inches of snow expected in Juneau

Posted: December 1, 2012 - 8:22pm

Stay off the roads tonight if you can Juneauites, a storm is barreling our way causing storm warnings in surrounding communities as well.

Downtown and Douglas may be especially hard hit due to high winds.

A winter storm warning from the National Weather Service calls for windy weather tonight and a powdery snow accumulation of 3 to 8 inches in Juneau, with a total of 14 inches by tomorrow afternoon.

Temps will drop between 15 to 21 degrees. Near downtown Juneau and Douglas expect “northeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph, shifting to the east with gusts to around 40 mph late. Elsewhere...northeast wind 10 to 20 mph,” the warning states.

Look for 4 to 6 more inches on Sunday with highs between 22 and 28 degrees. East winds of 15 to 25 mph are expected near downtown Juneau and Douglas while the rest of Juneau can expect calmer winds from the east at 5 to 15 mph, and a few more inches of snow overnight.

Downtown and Douglas should brace for blowing snow, with the peak snowfall late tonight, the weather service said.

Sitka can expect 2 to 4 inches tonight, Hoonah and Angoon 4 to 6 inches, and Petersburg 3 to 5 inches with a total accumulation of 8 inches. Southern Baranof Island is in for an accumulation of 6 to 10 inches.

Haines has a winter storm watch through Monday morning and a strong wind advisory, while Skagway has a wind chill advisory.

This story will be updated later tonight.

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