Extreme blizzard conditions drop record amount of snow and ice across Alaska and Yukon, Canada

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Blizzard conditions, heavy snow and frigid temperatures engulf Alaska and Yukon, Canada.
Blizzard conditions, heavy snow and frigid temperatures engulf Alaska and Yukon, Canada.

Blizzard-like conditions, record volumes of snow and ice started accumulating Sunday and Monday across Alaska and NW Canada, blocking roads, knocking down power for thousands and forcing school and businesses’ closures.

The extreme cold temperatures are due to a frigid Arctic air moving farther south than expected.

Alaska

It seems like a perfect storm,” said Alaska Electric Light and Power’s Debbie Driscoll. “We had a lot of snow and also a lot of heavy ice.

On Nov. 1, Juneau Airport broke a record when it got 7.6 inches of snow (old best mark: 6.6 inches).

Power outages swept across Juneau Sunday afternoon, putting tens of thousands people in the dark. Due to ice, trees dropped on lines.

In Fairbanks, -22°F was measured at the city’s International Airport. This is November 2’s third coldest temperature in recorded history after -33°F in 1907 and -24°F in 1992 and 1975.

Frigid temperatures were also recorded in North Pole (-25°F), Manley Hot (-25°F), Springs (-26°F), Eagle (-27°F), Goldstream Valley (-27°F), Wiseman (-24°F), Circle (-30°F) and a whopping -40°F in Chicken.

This is the first time since 2008 that -40°F has been recorded this early in the season for the entire state of Alaska and the earliest day in the season that Fairbanks has reached 20 below since 1996.

And it seems like these extreme temperatures and the intense snowfall will continue throughout the week.

Yukon, Canada

Meanwhile, long sections of the Alaska Highway and Klondike highways were closed on Monday after a morning of heavy snowfall and also shut down Yukon’s main airport.

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Blizzard condition in Yukon for November 1-2, 2020. Picture: Env. Canada

Doug Lundquist, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, has worked in B.C. and Yukon for over three decades, but says he’s “never quite seen a storm like this.

More than 47cm (1.54ft) of snow fell on Monday alone in Whitehorse, a new daily record for November in the region.

In fact, it turns out that Monday’s snow was Whitehorse’s highest daily snowfall for any day in any month!

Snow and deep temperatures are coming back. This is inline with historically low solar activity. More on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Always good to have roadside emergency supplies in back of vehicle. Warm blanket, firearms and ammo, water, foods, first aid, lighter, radio, signal flares, cellphone, charger, etc…

    People can die in blizzards, if they go into a ditch and nobody sees them.

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