National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says the cold that’s gripped the Interior for the past few weeks will finally give way this week to milder temperatures. The weather service’s long-term forecast calls for normal temperatures and precipitation through the rest of the winter – except, possibly, in western Alaska.

Rain falling across the central and eastern interior has drawn concerns that rivers still running high from heavy precipitation last week, could result in more flooding.

Flood watches are in effect for the Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Tok and Eagle areas. They’re due to a low pressure system that National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Hancock describes as similar  to the one that dropped 2 to 5 inches in the central and eastern interior last week.  The event resulted in some area rivers overflowing their banks, and localized flooding, and Hancock anticipates more trouble.

Heavy rains in the Fairbanks area are causing flooding along rivers. National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb reports high water on the Chena River, along Chena Hot Springs road east of town.

"One to two feet of water is flowing over at mile 36.9, and it is impassable for some vehicles. Also, reports of water over most of the banks out in the Chena Rec area and other places upstream of the Moose Creek Dam," he said. 

The Fairbanks area has seen some impressive rainfall over the last few days. National Weather Service meteorologist John Lingass reports two to three inches around Fairbanks, and three to four inches over the hills northeast of town.

"To put the rainfall in perspective, our annual precipitation in Fairbanks is around 10 to 11 inches," Lingas said. "Before the rains started a couple days ago, we had about half of our amount of precipitation for this time of year, and since that time we've well exceeded that and now we're above normal for this time of year."

National Weather Service

Flood watches are in effect for areas of the central and eastern interior through Saturday. The watch areas include the communities Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Tok and Eagle. National weather service meteorologist Benjamin Bartus says rivers are expected to swell as significant rains pelts the region.

Photo courtesy of Steve DuBois/Delta Wind

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