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Fairbanks could have snow-free Halloween

Posted: October 23, 2013 - 11:13pm

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks residents might actually be able to see costumes worn by children trick-or-treating this Halloween instead of heavy coats and boots.

The city might not have any snow on the ground for Halloween, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Thoman said that has only happened once, in 1938.

“It’s always tough to get past Halloween without snow,” Thoman said. “We’ve come close a bunch of times but we’ve only got the cigar once.”

Fairbanks has seen extreme weather in the past year — record cold last winter, followed by record heat this summer.

So far this fall, it’s still been warm with flowers blooming and lawns still green.

Only one-tenth of an inch of snow has fallen, and that has melted. In a normal year, about 8 inches of snow has fallen by this time of the year, with most of it — 6 1/2 inches — coming down in October.

Temperatures have cooled a bit this week. Tuesday’s high temperature was 40 degrees — still 13 degrees warmer than normal.

A blast of warm air is forecast for the Fairbanks area starting Thursday, when the temperature could reach the 50s in the Alaska Range.

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