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AGAK78 PACR 200001  
HMDACR  
 
HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL DISCUSSION  
NWS ALASKA PACIFIC RIVER FORECAST CENTER ANCHORAGE AK  
300 PM AKDT FRI JAN 18 2018  
   
..FLOOD POTENTIAL
 
 
 
THE FLOOD POTENTIAL IS CURRENTLY LOW FOR THE STATE.  
   
..HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL DISCUSSION.
 
 
 
THE WEATHER OVER THE STATE WILL TURN COLDER AND GENERALLY DRYER  
BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND AND LASTING THROUGH NEXT WEEK.  
   
..SNOW DEPTH
 
 
REPORTED SNOW DEPTHS AROUND THE STATE RANGE FROM NO SNOW OVER  
COASTAL AND SOUTHERN SOUTHEAST TO 119 INCHES AT A STATION NEAR  
THOMPSON PASS... BUT MOST LOW TO MID ELEVATION STATIONS ACROSS THE  
STATE ARE REPORTING LESS THAN 33 INCHES OF SNOW.  
   
..ICE THICKNESS
 
 
 
ICE THICKNESS READINGS ARE TAKEN AT THE START OF THE MONTH ONCE THE  
ICE IS THICK ENOUGH TO SAFELY MEASURE. ICE THICKNESS MEASUREMENTS  
REPORTED FOR EARLY JANUARY INCLUDE: 14 INCHES IN ANCHORAGE... 20  
INCHES NEAR WASILLA... 17 INCHES AT LAKE MINCHUMINA... 10 TO 18  
INCHES IN THE FAIRBANKS AREA... 42 INCHES AT EAGLE... 22 INCHES ON  
THE LOWER SELAWIK RIVER... 23 INCHES ON KOTZEBUE LAKE... AND 24  
INCHES AT COLVILLE VILLAGE. AS OF EARLY JANUARY THERE ARE STILL  
NUMEROUS OPEN HOLES OF VARIOUS SIZES ON THE LOWER KUSKOKWIM RIVER...  
MAKING TRAVELING ON THE RIVER HAZARDOUS.  
   
..LONG RANGE
 
 
THE 6 TO 10 DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK HAS INCREASED PROBABILITIES OF  
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER THE ENTIRE STATE.  
 
THE 6 TO 10 DAY PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK HAS INCREASED PROBABILITIES OF  
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER MOST OF THE MAINLAND AND PART OF  
NORTHERN SOUTHEAST ALASKA. FAR SOUTHERN SOUTHEAST HAS INCREASED  
PROBABILITIES OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  
 
PLEASE REFER TO THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER HOME PAGE FOR FURTHER  
INFORMATION.  
   
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THIS TEXT PRODUCT WILL BE ISSUED WEEKLY ON FRIDAY UNTIL RIVER ICE  
BREAKUP IN MAY 2018. A GRAPHICAL VERSION OF THE HYDROMET DISCUSSION  
IS AVAILABLE AT HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/APRFC/GRAPHICALHMD  
 

 
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