First big snow of season could hit Alaska’s Brooks Range

Associated Press

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The first big snow of the season could fall in Alaska’s Brooks Range this weekend.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service also says that Fairbanks could see its first official frost of the season.

The agency, in a special weather statement Thursday, said up to 5 inches of snow could fall in the eastern Brooks Range on Friday night and Saturday morning. That could affect traffic on the Dalton Highway.

Rain was expected to change to snow sometime Friday night.

Meteorologist Don Aycock said it wasn’t clear how large an area would see snow accumulation, though the higher elevations would have a better chance because it will be colder.

Snow is expected across the North Slope, with the heaviest amounts expected in the eastern Brooks Range near Atigun Pass and Galbraith Lake, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

Meanwhile, the first official frost of the season could happen Sunday morning at Fairbanks International Airport.

While some low-lying Fairbanks areas reported frost in late August, the coldest temperature recorded at the airport so far this season was 34 degrees on Aug. 25.

If it happens, the frost would be a bit later than usual: the average date of the first frost at the airport is Sept. 7, the weather service said.

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