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Chance of snow in the forecast for next few days

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Alaska in winter, not to mention a white Christmas, looking at the latest long-range forecast from the National Weather Service for the western Kenai Peninsula.

Thursday night snow began falling across many parts of the peninsula, and there were predictions of as much as 20 inches in the Homer area. However, by Friday morning, the heavy snow warning for Kachemak Bay had been lifted.

Still, the overnight storm reportedly managed to dump 14 inches at Seldovia and about 4 inches in Homer. The central peninsula got a healthy dusting of about 2 inches.

And, it appears more is on the way.

Friday's long-range forecast said chance-of-snow conditions were expected to continue from Friday night through Wednesday night, with snow more likely south of Clam Gulch. Temperatures, meanwhile, will hover in the teens to low 20s most of the time, which should keep any accumulation on the ground.

Granted, with the weirdly warm weather we've been having during most of the late fall, anything can happen, and a shot of heat could turn white to wet in an Alaska minute.

Cross-country ski trails may be marginal at the moment, but races were held Friday on the Tsalteshi Trails, so they're ski-able.

On the Lower Peninsula, skiers were reporting good conditions at Lookout Mountain, and Sunset Loop at Baycrest Hill was rated as pretty good. Lower trails were considered marginal.

McNeil did not receive as much snow as the western bay area, but trails their were ski-able.

Hal Spence can be reached at hspence@ptialaska.net.

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