JUNEAU - Mother Nature has loosened her frigid grip on most of the state.
Extreme temperatures that beset the state for two weeks - plummeting in some areas to 68 degrees below zero - are in full throttle reverse, bringing relief.
Anchorage emerged from a 15-day streak where temperatures dipped below zero. Temperatures last week were 19 below zero, but are expected to reach the mid-30s range by midweek.
Fairbanks residents are still experiencing subzero temperatures, but after rising to 14 below zero Monday morning, it was refreshing to some in the state's interior region.
"Most people woke up 20 degrees warmer than when they went to bed," said Scott Berg, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Fairbanks.