The National Weather Service issued a gale warning for the waters around Juneau and most of the Inside Passage, Dec. 26, 2019. (Screenshot | National Weather Service)

The National Weather Service issued a gale warning for the waters around Juneau and most of the Inside Passage, Dec. 26, 2019. (Screenshot | National Weather Service)

Gale warning called for Thursday morning, Friday night

High winds and seas are predicted.

A gale warning continues for seagoers in the Inside Passage until late Thursday, according to an advisory by the National Weather Service.

Southerly winds at 35 knots are expected, diminishing as the day goes on. Gust of up to 50 knots are possible. Seas of up to seven feet are likely, with constant rain. Conditions should calm somewhat by the evening, but another front is predicted in the next day or two, and gale conditions are called for on Friday night.

Chill warnings

The National Weather Service also issued wind chill warnings for Alaska’s northern coast while more snow was forecast for the state’s largest city, according to The Associated Press.

Warnings of dangerously cold winds were forecast for a handful of northern areas including the Beaufort Sea coast, the southeastern Brooks Range and the Kobuk and Noatak river valleys. Wind chill was predicted to range from 40 to 60 below zero and the weather service said frostbite could occur on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes in those conditions.

The weather service issued wind chill advisories through Friday morning to west coast and northern areas, including the Chukchi Sea coast, the Seward Peninsula and the Yukon Delta.

Snow

The weather service forecast snow for other areas. A blizzard warning was issued for the area south of the Denali National Park entrance. Wind chills to -40 were forecast with new snow and blowing snow that could create slippery conditions on the Parks Highway.

South of Anchorage, blowing snow was forecast Thursday for western Prince William Sound, including the Seward Highway and Turnagain Pass.

Anchorage, which had been largely free of snow, received 5-7 inches on Tuesday and Wednesday. Another 1-5 inches was forecast by Thursday afternoon.


• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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