During what’s been one of the Emerald Isle’s warmest winters on record, no measurable, more than .1 inches, snowfall has fallen at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak since Jan. 13. That’s expected to change Friday when Kodiak weather station manager Craig Eckert expects between 4 and 6 inches of snow will fall.
"Once it gets started on Friday it's likely to snow the whole day, into the evening," he said.
There’s also snow in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, although with temperatures in the 30s, it may be mixed with rain, he said.
In addition to snowfall, increasing wind is expected to arrive in the Kodiak Archipelago. The National Weather Service forecast calls for winds of 30 to 45 mph from the northwest tonight on Kodiak. On Friday, north winds from 40 to 55 mph are forecast in Shelikof Strait.
The wind and snowfall is part of a larger weather pattern that’s creating a low-pressure zone in the northwestern Gulf of Alaska. In addition to snowfall in Kodiak, it’s expected to send cold air to Alaska’s Interior, which has experienced unusually warm weather in recent weeks, Eckert said.
Last month was the third-wettest January in Kodiak history with 14.3 inches of precipitation, most it rain. It was the eighth warmest January on record. So far this winter Kodiak has seen only two feet of snow, more than a foot less than average.
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