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AGAK78 PACR 242110  
HMDACR  
 
HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL DISCUSSION  
NWS ALASKA PACIFIC RIVER FORECAST CENTER ANCHORAGE AK  
130 PM AKDT FRI MAR 24 2017  
   
..FLOOD POTENTIAL
 
 
 
THE FLOOD POTENTIAL IS LOW FOR THE ENTIRE STATE THROUGH THE WEEKEND.  
   
..HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL DISCUSSION.
 
 
 
THE UPPER LEVEL PATTERN OF A RIDGE OVER THE BERING WITH A LOW TO THE  
WEST AND A TROUGH TO EAST WILL BEGIN TO SLOWLY MODIFY BY SUNDAY AS  
SHORTWAVES BEGIN TO UNDERCUT THE RIDGE. THIS SHOULD LEAD TO THE  
DEVELOPMENT OF A MORE ACTIVE PATTERN BY MID MIDWEEK... WITH WARMING  
OVER MUCH OF SOUTHERN AND SOUTHEAST ALASKA AS WELL AS INCREASED  
CHANCES FOR PRECIPITATION.  
   
..SNOW
 
 
REPORTED LOW-MID ELEVATION SNOW DEPTHS ARE GENERALLY LESS THAN 65  
INCHES ACROSS THE MAINLAND. OVER THE LAST 7 DAYS SNOW DEPTHS HAVE  
NOT CHANGED MUCH OVER MOST OF THE MAINLAND... SNOW DEPTHS HAVE  
INCREASED BY SEVERAL INCHES IN THE WESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM  
SOUND/NORTHEASTERN KENAI PENINSULA REGION... AND SNOW DEPTHS HAVE  
GENERALLY DECREASED OVER SOUTHEAST ALASKA.  
   
..ICE
 
 
ICE THICKNESS MEASUREMENTS FOR THE START OF MARCH INCLUDE: 26 INCHES  
IN ANCHORAGE... 31 INCHES IN THE LOWER MATSU VALLEY... 44 INCHES AT  
BETHEL... 38 TO 40 INCHES IN THE MIDDLE KUSKOKWIM RIVER... 48 INCHES  
AT GALENA AND AT EAGLE... 9 TO 36 INCHES IN THE FAIRBANKS AREA...  
AND 44 INCHES AT COLVILLE VILLAGE.  
   
..LONG RANGE
 
 
THE 6 TO 10 DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK HAS INCREASED PROBABILITIES OF  
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER THE WESTERN MAINLAND FROM THE YUKON  
DELTA NORTH TO THE POINT BARROW REGION. THERE ARE INCREASED  
PROBABILITIES OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER MOST OF THE REST OF  
THE MAINLAND AND OVER SOUTHEAST ALASKA.  
 
THE 6 TO 10 DAY PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK HAS INCREASED PROBABILITIES OF  
BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER MOST OF THE SEWARD PENINSULA... OVER  
THE WESTERN BROOKS RANGE... AND OVER MOST OF THE NORTH SLOPE. THERE  
ARE INCREASED PROBABILITIES OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER MOST  
OF THE REST OF THE MAINLAND AND OVER SOUTHEAST ALASKA.  
 
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 BREAKUP IN  
THE SPRING. A GRAPHICAL VERSION OF THE HYDROMET DISCUSSION IS  
AVAILABLE AT HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/APRFC/GRAPHICALHMD  
 

 
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