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

Posted: December 2, 2012 - 9:20am

Update: As of Sunday morning 3 to 5 inches of snow had fallen. The National Weather Service now forecasts a total accumulation of 12 inches.

 

A winter storm with high winds and 14 inches of snow is barreling toward Juneau, and causing storm warnings in surrounding communities as well.

Downtown and Douglas should brace for blowing snow, with the peak snowfall having occurred last night, the weather service said.

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 through 4 p.m. today and a powdery snow accumulation of 3 to 8 inches in Juneau by morning, with a total of 14 inches by this afternoon.

Look for 4 to 6 more inches by 4 p.m. with highs between 22 and 28 degrees. East winds of 15 to 25 mph are expected Sunday 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.

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.

— Juneau Empire staff report

 

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