Warm weather blankets state

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2007

ANCHORAGE - It's been an unusually warm week for much of Alaska.

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In Southcentral Alaska, trails at the Alyeska Ski Resort are closed and popular Anchorage ski areas like Kincaid Park and Hilltop are unskiable or slushy.

Meanwhile, Fairbanks residents are seeing near-record temperatures well above freezing that have melted the ice from the roads and along the edges of the Chena River.

Alaska's two largest cities, and surrounding areas, have logged temperatures in the solid 40s over the last week.

The warm weather isn't that unusual, according to Joe Kryston, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.

"We're just under the chinook pattern," he told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Friday as the temperature began a gradual descent into the 30s.

Kryston was referring to warm air from southerly winds coming over the Alaska Range that happen "from time to time."

The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory Friday in Fairbanks out of concern that rain would freeze when it hit roads that have been frozen for weeks.



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