Forecast calls for cold

National Weather Service says minus-25 possible
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 15:42
  • The National Weather Service is forecasting extreme cold for the area beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. According to the service's forecast, low temperatures could reach 25 below zero at the Birchwood Airport in Chugiak.

Winter returned with a vengeance last week – and it’s not going anywhere, either.

Between one and two feet of light, fluffy snow fell across the Eagle River area over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and was still falling Monday evening. The largest totals were reported in the mountains and into the Eagle River Valley.

The snowstorm will be immediately followed by a cold snap, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a flurry of winter weather advisories over the past week. According to the service, temperatures will begin plunging Tuesday, with lows expected to reach minus-13 Fahrenheit by Tuesday night.

Then it really gets chilly. According to the forecast, a high pressure system moving through the area could push temperatures at the Birchwood Airport to 25 below zero by Wednesday night, with high temperatures predicted to stay well below zero. The cold snap is expected to ease by Friday when low pressure and a chance for light snow will arrive from the Bering Sea.

For more, visit the National Weather Service’s Alaska Region office at

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