January weather forecast and climate
Alaska, USA

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Flag of Alaska, USA

Weather in January

January is the peak of the winter in Alaska, with the average temperatures in the freezing range of -3°F (-19.4°C) to 10°F (-12.2°C). Prudhoe Bay in the far north is in the grip of ice, snow, and cold with temperatures in the bone-chilling -22°F (-30°C) to -10°F (-23.3°C) zone. Juneau, the capital in the southeast region, fares much better in the 26°F (-3.3°C) to 35°F (1.7°C) range, while Annette Island has some of the warmest days in the state at 42°F (5.6°C). The tundra is at its best in winter for transporting heavy equipment on the frozen rivers and lakes.
The precipitation is short of 3" (76mm), but the 30" (762mm) of snowfall offers the best skiing, snowmobiling, and sledding conditions. The short days with dark skies and 3 hours of sunlight provide a unique experience of the fantastic Aurora or the Northern Lights.
It is necessary to have clothing suitable for extreme colds such as long thermal underwear, a winter jacket, parka with insulated hood, boots, and mittens. Alaska is a winter wonderland, but January weather is not for the faint heart.


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