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Anchorage Alaska Winter Forecast 2016-17

Winter Forecast
La Nina is here but it's on the weaker side as of September. We see this weak La Nina to peak now but get a second burst in December and January before moving to a neutral pattern Febraury and March. This weak La Nina means a colder winter for most of the nation and certainly much colder than last winter. The key to this winter will be how cold is the cold and how dominate will the Northern Jet (Arctic Jet) be vs. the moisture loaded Southern (Sub-Tropical Jet)?. Last year the Southern Jet was the big player off a massive El Nino but this winter that will not be the case most of the country. We expect an average swing of the NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) but much more of a dip from the AO (Arctic Oscillation) bringing a few polar vortex periods and many Alberta Clippers.
Winter Forecast

The Anchorage Metro will see snowfall this winter SLIGHTLY ABOVE average with more smaller snow events vs. last winter. We’ll see NEAR to BELOW NORMAL temperatures overall. Expect more clipper type systems, that will pile up the snow in increments.

Last Winters Snowfall
31.9″

Biggest Winter Snowfall Ever!
110.2″ (1900)

Normal Snowfall
74.5″

This Winter (2016-2017)
75.5″ (+1.0″)

TEMPS THIS WINTER
OVERALL NEAR to BELOW NORMAL

DECEMBER COLDER
JANUARY NORMAL
FEBRUARY COLDER
MARCH WARMER

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