Upper-air maps from a model forecast for 4pm AKDT today are shown below, revealing the cold cyclone aloft over the southwest and the strong gradient of temperatures at 850 mb:
The warmth in the Interior today signals the seasonal trend towards relatively warmer conditions inland, compared to the west coast, as spring draws closer. In fact, it just so happens that today is the day that Fairbanks becomes warmer than Nome in the climatological normals. The chart below shows the annual cycle of daily normal temperatures at these two locations which have almost identical annual mean temperature.
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