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2012 February Monthly Report


The heavy snowfall and precipitation caused a variety of incidents across the state. As can be seen from the table above, record precipitation and snowfalls events occurred in connection with a storm that hit Alaska at the first part of the month. On the 3rd of February Eaglecrest Ski Resort in the Juneau area reported a wind gust of 133 mph, a record, and several flights to Juneau had to be cancelled. Further, the Richardson Highway had to be closed at Thompson Pass due to avalanches. In addition, strong winds of 40 mph caused drifting snow, which made driving conditions difficult in the Alaska Range. The Steese Highway, going north from Fairbanks, had to be close between mile 101 and 116, the Eagle Summit area. On the Dalton Highway near-zero visibility conditions existed in the Atigun Pass are, and a travel advisory was announced.