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The length of winter in Alaska


Winter in Alaska is considered to be from October through March, although the temperatures and daylight period vary from region to region. Coastal areas are more temperate, rarely falling below 20 °F.

winter in Alaska
In the winter, the temperature can fall below −50 °F (−45.6 °C), and in rare cases, below −60 °F (−51.1 °C). Precipitation is generally sparse around the year, peaking during the summer months, and virtually all precipitation between October and April falls as snow. Ice fog is a significant hazard during especially cold periods between November and March.

The highest and lowest recorded temperatures in Alaska are both in the Interior. The highest is 100 °F (37.8 °C) in Fort Yukon on June 27, 1915. The lowest Alaska temperature is −80 °F (−62.2 °C) in Prospect Creek on January 23, 1971.

Alaska, the largest state of the United States with a surface of more than 1.7 million square kilometers (650,000 square miles).

Climate of the Winter Months

December January February
Max average t°: 32 °F (0 °C)
Min average t°: 24 °F (-5 °C)
Sundial in the day: 1.5 hours
Rainy days: 21 days
Precipitation: 7.6″ (193 mm)
Max average t°: 29 °F (-1.5 °C)
Min average t°: 19 °F (-7 °C)
Sundial in the day: 2.5 hours
Rainy days: 18 days
Precipitation: 6.3″ (161 mm)
Max average t°: 34 °F (+1 °C)
Min average t°: 23 °F (-5 °C)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 17 days
Precipitation: 5.8″ (148 mm)

alaska northern lights
Winter in Alaska may be cold, but the snow-draped scenes and Northern Lights are spectacular. However, if you prefer warmer weather adventures, then visiting Alaska in July will suit you best. It’s the hottest month of the year, with a daily average temperature that sits around 67 °F (19.4 °C). June and August also boast summer weather, but the temperatures tend to fluctuate a bit more.

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