Freeze-up is progressing at an extremely slow pace this year in the Arctic and near-Arctic ocean waters surrounding Alaska. The latest sea ice analysis from the National Weather Service continues to show a very large region of open water in the Chukchi Sea, and it's only in the past couple of days that the coastal water has frozen up at Utqiaġvik (Barrow).
Here's a chart of the historical November average ice extent for the Chukchi and Bering Seas. This year's November average of 320,000 km2 is very nearly the same as the 1981-2010 normal for September, when seasonal melt-out reaches its peak.
And here's a simple animation of the last 10 days of ice analysis. From 1979-present, the Chukchi Sea has never failed to freeze up completely before the end of the year (last year it got there on December 30); but this year it still has a long way to go.