ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — The cold deepened over the Interior on Monday with a weather spotter in Tok reporting a low of -53 degrees Fahrenheit. Other unofficial low temperatures observed across the state as of 2 p.m. Monday are -39°F in Fairbanks, -46°F at Northway, and -27°F in Utqiagvik.
Temperatures “warmed” to -47°F in Tok as of 1:15 p.m. Monday. Lows near -50°F are expected in the same area through Monday night, but Tok could see a warm up on Tuesday with an expected daytime high of -24°F.
A slight warm up is expected across the Interior Tuesday as a layer of clouds will likely move through. Those clouds, should they come to pass, act as a blanket holding in the warmth being radiated from the earth. Temperatures around Fairbanks will likely warm to the teens below zero.
A Wind Chill Advisory is in place for the Western Arctic Coast from Point Lay east with wind chills of -55°F possible. Another Wind Chill Advisory will go into place at midnight Monday for the Chukchi Sea Coast. Wind chills could be as low as -45°F. Both these advisories are expected to expire at noon Wednesday.
The Deltana and Tanana Flats areas are also under a Wind Chill Advisory until noon on Tuesday with wind chills of -45°F possible.