Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

A snowier-than-average winter and four consecutive years of budget cuts and have stretched the state Department of Transportation’s ability to plow state roads to the limit. Department Commissioner Marc Luiken says that’s forced him and his workers to come up with more efficient ways to get the job done.

APRN file photo

Updated: The Iditarod Trail Committee on Friday announced this year's race will restart beginning at 11 a.m. Monday at the starting line on Hoselton Road, near Pike’s Waterfront Lodge.

Organizers of this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and their local partners will wait until Friday to announce the starting point of this year’s course. Plan A is to start at Pike’s Landing on the Chena River at 11 a.m. Monday. If the ice isn’t safe enough, Plan B is to start it nearby, on Hoselton Road. But one thing is certain: a stretch of Airport Way will be closed for several hours Monday.

National Weather Service

Residents of the Interior will likely see more snow and a cold snap or two this winter.

Arctic winter forecast: warm, with occasional normal weather ...

Snow Starved

Nov 24, 2014

The interior is forecast to get a little snow over the next couple days, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the trend is for continued dry weather.

Newly Forming Permafrost May Not Survive Century's End

Jun 12, 2014
Martin Briggs / US Geological Survey

Fairbanks, AK - New permafrost is forming in the Arctic, but scientist don’t believe it will survive beyond the end of the century.  That’s according to a study that was published in the American Geophysical Union’s publication Geophysical Research Letters this spring.  Researchers made the discovery at a lake in Alaska’s Eastern Interior.

Winter's Coming, Farmer's Almanac or Not

Sep 13, 2013

Fairbanks, AK - The latest edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac hit newsstands across the nation this week.  There are two versions of the Farmer’s Almanac that come out each year.  Much like its newer counterpart, the Old one predicts a cold a snowy winter.  But that isn’t abnormal for Alaska.

Fairbanks, AK - More than five inches of snow earlier this week sent a number of vehicles off the road during the morning commute in Fairbanks.  While area residents may not be smiling about the prolonged winter, a few local businesses are thanking the weather gods.

Fairbanks, AK - Scientists at the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) discussed new regional projections for snowfall in Alaska during a webinar presentation Tuesday. Climate change could significantly change the amount of snow that hits the ground and sticks throughout the state.

Epic 92 Storm Remembered

Sep 12, 2012

September has started out on the cool side in Fairbanks. The National Weather Service reports that the temperature over the first 10 days of the month averaged 47.9 degrees. That’s 2.2 degrees below normal, and the coolest since 2004, but nothing like the unseasonable weather that hit Fairbanks 20 years ago.