The cold has set in across most of Alaska and set daily record lows in places like Homer, King Salmon and Bethel.
Winter items that the shelters need include coats, hats, snowsuits, scarves and gloves.
It’s another wintertime hiccup in travel plans for upper Lynn Canal residents.
National Weather Service meteorologist Grant Smith said snow showers will continue Thursday evening. Then Friday, the low pressure center that’s causing that weather is expected to move on and Friday afternoon and into Saturday the skies may clear. But, another weather system is moving in from the south that could bring another round of winter weather over the weekend and temperatures are expected to plummet.
Based on current forecast models, the entire Norton Sound could be covered in ice by the end of November.
A massive wind and rain storm that began Friday is causing flooding and mudslides in the Pacific Northwest near the Canadian border, leading to the closure of an interstate highway, evacuations and power outages.
The early freeze-up this year caught the company off guard.
Many who passed up sleep to see the aurora posted images to social media showing intense green waves, purple spikes and ribbons of deep red dancing over the mountains and Gastineau Channel.
National Weather Service forecaster Benjamin Linstid says it’s not uncommon to see two La Nina winters in a row — forecasters call it a “double-dip.”
A proverbial “fire hose” of moisture hit parts of Southcentral Alaska over the past several days, causing flooding in places like Girdwood and a landslide that closed the Sterling Highway.