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Fairbanks experiences record snowfall, potential record low temperatures

Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 4:04 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanks experienced a record snowfall over the Easter weekend and may be in for record temperatures later in the week.

The storm broke two records for snowfall according to Scott Berg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS). Berg explained, “The Easter snowstorm that we just went through, we actually broke records on Saturday and Sunday. We had about seven inches of snow on Saturday and 6.2 inches on Sunday. With that snowfall we broke both daily records for snowfall and also a two day total record for snowfall, and those records were pretty old, one of them I think was from the 1940s.”

Fairbanks may be breaking another record - this time for low temperatures - later this week according to the NWS. Berg remarked, “Later in the week we are expecting some air that’s been sitting up at the North Pole to move down over the state. So we are looking for near record temperatures if not record temperatures late in the week Thursday, Friday, and possibly even Saturday.”

The cause for the drop in temperature can be found farther north at the Pole.

“There’s a low that’s sitting aloft over the North Pole, and it’s been collecting up all this cold air. Sooner or later it will make its way down off of the Pole and sweep out over the state - and with that cold air sinking into the area, it brings colder temperatures to the forecast area that we’re looking at. Right now it looks like our temperatures are going to dip into the teens below and maybe even twenties below. Some of the colder areas around town, Goldstream Valley, places like that could possibly go into the thirties below. So it’s going to be a pretty sharp turn once we clear out on Thursday night,” commented Berg.

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