Rural villages face messy spring

Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2009

FAIRBANKS - A National Weather Service specialist said several villages in rural Alaska are facing a difficult breakup, including possible flooding.

Hydrologist Larry Rundquist said snowfall and the thickness of frozen ice is almost at historical averages in much of the state.

Rundquist said that stretches along the Kuskokwim River in Southwest Alaska could see severe breakup as river ice slowly melts.

The state experienced a cold March.

The National Weather Service said many areas had average temperatures that were 3 to 5 degrees colder than normal, a trend that continued into early April.

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