Snow possible in hills around Fairbanks as temperatures drop

Published: Sep. 23, 2020 at 4:09 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Snow may soon be dusting hills around interior Alaska as temperatures drop throughout the week. According to the National Weather Service in Fairbanks, a cold wet weather patter has replaced the sun in the Golden Heart City and snow could be seen in some of the hills around town.

Luke Culver is a meteorologist at the Weather Service and said that snow levels are expected to drop to around 2,500 feet on Wednesday, which means that the top of Ester Dome could see snow. Culver said that on Thursday or Friday the snow could get as low as 1,500 feet, meaning places like Chena Ridge and Ballaine Hill could see snow. “We could see some snow at those elevations, but there would be very little -- less than an inch," Culver said.

By Saturday, the snow is expected to melt, and Culver said the valleys and city aren’t expected to see snow, only rain. He also said there is no worry of ice on the road yet.

According to Culver, the average date for the first detectable snow at the Fairbanks International Airport is Sept. 21 and the first measurable snow is Oct. 1. Culver said Fairbanks is a little behind this year with no snow forecast at lower elevations for a few weeks.

Culver said the clouds are supposed to remain until Monday, but added that they should clear away by Monday night, giving people the chance to see the aurora.

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