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FZAK80 PAFC 222318  
ICEAFC  
 
SEA ICE ADVISORY FOR WESTERN AND ARCTIC ALASKAN COASTAL WATERS  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE ALASKA  
315 PM AKDT FRIDAY 22 MARCH 2019  
 
FORECAST VALID...WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH 2019  
 
ANALYSIS CONFIDENCE...HIGH TO MODERATE  
 
SYNOPSIS...A SERIES OF LOWS WILL MOVE NORTHWARD THROUGH THE BERING  
SEA THROUGH WEDNESDAY.  
 
-ARCTIC OCEAN-  
-BEAUFORT SEA-  
-CHUKCHI SEA-  
 
PKZ181-NORTH AND WEST OF NUNIVAK ISLAND-  
PKZ200-NORTON SOUND-  
PKZ215-KOTZEBUE SOUND-  
PKZ220-WALES TO CAPE THOMPSON-  
PKZ225-CAPE THOMPSON TO CAPE BEAUFORT-  
PKZ230-CAPE BEAUFORT TO POINT FRANKLIN-  
PKZ235-POINT FRANKLIN TO CAPE HALKETT-  
PKZ240-CAPE HALKETT TO FLAXMAN ISLAND-  
PKZ245-FLAXMAN ISLAND TO DEMARCATION POINT-  
PKZ500-WESTERN U.S. ARCTIC OFFSHORE-  
PKZ505-CENTRAL U.S. ARCTIC OFFSHORE-  
PKZ510-EASTERN U.S. ARCTIC OFFSHORE-  
 
ICE COVERED.  
 
-BERING SEA-  
 
PKZ160-BRISTOL BAY-  
PKZ181-NORTH AND WEST OF NUNIVAK ISLAND-  
PKZ180-KUSKOKWIM DELTA AND ETOLIN STRAIT-  
PKZ185-SAINT MATTHEW ISLAND WATERS-  
PKZ210-DALL POINT TO WALES-  
 
THE MAIN ICE EDGE IN THE BERING SEA EXTENDS FROM NEAR 59.2N 162W TO  
59.1N 164.3W TO 61.4N 167.3W TO 60.8N 169.W TO 61.3N 170.5W TO 61.1N  
175.1W TO 62.7N 179.7W AND CONTINUES IN RUSSIAN WATERS. THE ICE EDGE  
IS MAINLY OPEN WATER. THERE IS LIMITED ICE IN SHALLOW AND PROTECTED  
AREAS OF BRISTOL BAY.  
 
FORECAST FOR THE BERING SEA (DAYS 1 THROUGH 5)...SOUTHERLY WINDS AND  
WARMER AIR WILL ONCE AGAIN MOVE NORTHWARD THROUGH THE BERING SEA  
SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THE SEA ICE THAT HAS GROWN IN THE PAST  
COUPLE WEEKS WILL QUICKLY MELT DUE TO WARM TEMPERATURES, STRONG  
WINDS, AND WAVE ACTION. THE ICE EDGE IS EXPECTED TO RETREAT 50 TO 70  
NM THROUGH WEDNESDAY.  
 
-COOK INLET-  
 
PKZ140-COOK INLET NORTH OF KALGIN ISLAND-  
PKZ139-COOK INLET KALGIN ISLAND TO PT. BEDE-  
 
ANALYSIS CONFIDENCE...HIGH TO MODERATE  
 
SYNOPSIS...A SERIES OF LOWS AND ASSOCIATED FRONTS WILL MOVE  
NORTHWARD THROUGH THE GULF OF ALASKA TOWARD THE COOK INLET REGION  
THROUGH MONDAY, THEN HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVER THE REGION  
THROUGH WEDNESDAY.  
 
THE ONLY SEA ICE REMAINING WITHIN COOK INLET IS GENERALLY NORTH AND  
WEST OF A LINE FROM TYONEK TO FIRE ISLAND TO PT. WORONZOF.  
 
FORECAST FOR COOK INLET (DAYS 1 THROUGH 5)...THE REMAINING SEA ICE  
WILL CONTINUE TO MELT THROUGH WEDNESDAY. NEW SEA ICE GROWTH IS NOT  
EXPECTED.  
 

 
SCHRECK  
 
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