Summary from my colleague Corey B. with a nice summary of where this cold snap stands for so early in the season:
Public information Statement
National Weather Service Fairbanks AK
304 Am AKST Sat Nov 19 2011
…The Records Continue to Fall at Fairbanks...
The early winter November cold snap continues to re-write the
record books at Fairbanks. The current cold snap will go down in
the record Books as one Of the most severe early season cold snaps
The high temperature yesterday at the Fairbanks International
Airport was 21 below. This breaks the previous record low maximum
temperature Of 19 below Which was established in 1969. The low
temperature yesterday Of 36 below breaks the previous record low
For the date Of 33 below also set in 1969.
At 213 Am this Morning...the temperature at the Airport dropped to
36 below. This breaks the old record low For November 19th of 33
below in 1969.
Today (Saturday) marks the 5th consecutive day with a low
temperature Of 30 below or colder at the Airport. This Ties with
1956...1969 and 1989 For the most consecutive days with a
temperature of 30 below or colder so early in the winter season.
The low temperature has now been 35 below or colder each Of the
last 5 days. This has never happened before so early in the
winter season at Fairbanks. The old record was only 2 days...and
was Last recorded in 1989.
The high temperature has now been 20 below or colder each Of the
last 3 days. This ties with 1989 For the most consecutive days
with a high temperature Of 20 below or colder so early in the
Temperatures Over the Next Week Are Expected to Remain Well below
normal. A Cold low will drop out Of the Arctic and into the
western Interior early next week. The Airmass aloft will be colder
than the airmass currently across the Interior. However...there is
fairly high confidence that this next push Of cold air will be
accompanied by clouds and flurries. The clouds will act as an
insulator and keep temperatures somewhat warmer than this past
week. Temperatures much of next week Are expected to be in a range
of 10 to 25 below. There will likely be little difference in the
temperatures next week between the hills and valleys as the clouds
and depth of the cold air will prevent a low level inversion.