Looking at weekly numbers, the week ending November 19 was 16.3°F below normal in Anchorage, which has only been observed a handful of times in the past 20 years in November (most recently in 2011). In view of the fact that the PDO was significantly positive in October, and a positive PDO favors unusual warmth, this is surprising.
The chart below shows the mean temperature anomaly in Anchorage for all weeks ending in November since 1952, with the horizontal position of the points corresponding to the October mean PDO index in the same year. The recent cold week is highlighted; in the past, the October PDO index was always below
+0.40 when a week this cold was observed in November. The closest analog was in 2003, when the October PDO index was +1.1 and the week ending November 20 was 14.2°F colder than normal.
Here's a comparison between recent weekly SST anomaly maps, showing that the positive PDO pattern has largely disappeared in the past month, so the November PDO index will be lower than October, but almost certainly still positive. North Pacific waters remain warmer than normal overall.
In the interior, the first -40 temperatures of the season were observed with the recent cold spell. These included:
-43°F Kanuti Lake in the Kanuti NWR southeast of Allakaket
-42°F Clear Creek RAWS northwest of Hughes
-42°F Chicken COOP