Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dry and Dangerous

Yesterday (Tuesday) was the 24th straight day with no precipitation at all at Fairbanks. This morning's 500mb analysis tells the story. Low flow, weak residual high aloft with a strong jet across the North Pacific. Plus, no moisture yet for convection.

The primary weather problem in Fairbanks area remains the freezing rain—from November. With dry and sunny weather for so long now, roads that had been snowpacked are now clear down to the ice. There has been patchy improvement the past few days as more pavement is exposed due to melting in some really sunny low elevation places, but other spots are just icier as water covers the ice surface. There was a 2-car fatal accident on Badger Road Monday afternoon directly attributable to ice from the November rain.

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