Freezing Rain in the Tanana Valley

January 2018

Freezing rain fell over much of the greater Fairbanks and Nenana areas on the evening of January 16 before changing to wet snow. Most areas received only a small amount of rain (less than 0.10" (2mm), but it was enough to glaze roadways. In the North Pole area, there was considerably more rain, with the cooperative observer reporting a quarter inch of rain. Snowfall following the rain was locally heavy, with more than six inches of snow in a few hours in a narrow band across west Fairbanks, including 7.4" (18.8cm) at Fairbanks Airport and 7.8" (19.8cm) in College Hills, just north of the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. 

Freezing Rain

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