December weather forecast and climate
Alaska, USA

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Weather in December

December extends the realm of the harsh winter in Alaska with gray skies, rain, and abundant snow. The average snowfall is the highest of the season at 46" (1168mm) and remains on the ground for many days. Valdez in the southcentral region receives a massive 72" (1829mm) of snow in a typical winter season. The precipitation is moderate at 3.3" (84mm), even though the number of wet days is at the greatest of the year.
The average temperatures are in the severely cold range of 1°F (-17.2°C) to 13°F (-10.6°C) and dip much further in the extreme north. Barrow registers between -2°F (-18.9°C) to -14°F (-25.6°C) in the far north, while Fairbanks in the central region is between 5°F (-15°C) to -13°F (-25°C). The southwest region receives the highest amount of sunshine, but Alaska hardly gets 120 hours of sunshine in the month.
Christmas is white, with reindeer, sleighs, and Santa for company. Winter backcountry camping tours are for the truly adventurous in the cold of December in Alaska.


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