US gets first Winter Storm Warning of the season

As much of the United States begins this weekend with heavy rain, extreme heat and even tornadoes, one area will experience the country's first winter storm warning of the season.
Early Friday morning, the National Weather Service in Fairbanks, Alaska, issued a winter storm warning in the Brooks Range and part of the Alaskan North Slope. This is the first winter storm warning to be issued anywhere in the United States this snow season, which officially began July 1.
The significant snow is expected to fall over the higher terrain of the Brooks Range, primarily above 2,000 feet. Some areas above 4,000 feet could receive almost a foot of snow by Sunday morning.
“Winds will increase tonight and Saturday causing high and rough surf along the north coast of Alaska. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour are possible,” said Tom Kines, senior weather forecaster at AccuWeather.
Atigun Pass, Alaska, in the Brooks Range. (ONE POINT)
The last winter storm warning in the United States was issued on June 15 for an area of ​​northern Montana that included the Northern Rocky Mountain Front and the West Glacier region. The most recent Fairbanks NWS winter storm warning was March 11 and covered Denali and parts of the Eastern Alaska Range.
This area of ​​Alaska still has near-constant daylight at this time of year, but the amount of daylight continues to decrease as winter approaches. Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska, one of the cities under this weekend's winter storm warning, saw dusk for the first time in nearly two months on July 18.
As of August 5, the Anaktuvuk Pass will experience 19 hours of daylight and 5 hours of civil twilight. Civil twilight is the time when the sun is about six degrees below the horizon, but on a clear day there's still enough light for normal outdoor pursuits, according to Merriam-Webster.
While Alaska is experiencing a touch of winter, the under-48s will have to wait a little longer for snow. In fact, August 5 is one of the few dates on which no climate station in the lower 48 has ever measured snow in its recorded history, not including mountain peaks.
But relief is on the horizon – August is the last month of meteorological summer, meteorological autumn officially begins on Thursday 1st September, see early significant snow.
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