National Weather Service

Icy conditions in Bethel cancelled schools both Thursday and Friday. - Photo by Dean Swope

Icy conditions in Bethel cancelled schools both Thursday and Friday. – Photo by Dean Swope

National Weather Service officials say Bethel got the worst of the freezing rain that began Wednesday evening and continued this morning. A freezing rain advisory was in effect until 9:00 a.m. this morning.

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This photo was taken at the Bethel Boat Harbor November 13th, 2014. - Photo by Dean Swope

Bethel Bethel Boat Harbor November 13th, 2014. – Photo by Dean Swope

Bethel broke the record for highest-average temperature in 2014. It’s included in a broad swath of Western and Southwestern Alaska which have had above normal temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.
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Kuskokwim jam at Coffee's Bend on 11/17. Photo by Mark Leary.

Kuskokwim jam at Coffee’s Bend. Photo by Mark Leary.

The Kuskokwim River continues to break up due to unseasonably warm temperatures, but there’s no flooding expected. Mark Leary with Bethel Search and Rescue flew the river Monday afternoon and reports that the ice has broken up as far down as 10 miles below Kalskag at what’s known as Coffee’s Bend and jammed there. He says as things freeze up, the ice chunks will make travel difficult.
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NWS_Logo National Weather ServiceY-K Delta Coastal communities are bracing for a storm predicted to hit over the weekend.
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The red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service extends from Bristol Bay through the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta up to Fairbanks and Cananda. - Courtesty of National Weather Service, Alaska Region Headquarters.

The red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service extends from Bristol Bay through the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta up to Fairbanks and the Canadian Border. – Courtesy of National Weather Service, Alaska Region Headquarters.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag wildfire warning for the Kuskokwim Delta on Thursday due to strong winds and low humidity. Mike Roos, a Fire Management Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry says people should not be fooled by gloomy weather. Read more →

Ice floating down the Kuskokwim River at Bethel, AK. By Daysha Eaton

Ice floating down the Kuskokwim River at Bethel, AK. By Daysha Eaton

The Kuskokwim River breakup went smoothly this year with no major flooding. The official time for breakup in Bethel was 5pm Friday. River Watch Program officials are calling it a thermal breakup, or mush out.

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Alaska River Watch ProgramThe Alaska River Watch Program and the National Weather Service Forecast Center are issuing a flood watch for Tuluksak and Akiak. Tune in to KYUK 640AM for more information.

Kuskokwim River near Aniak. - Courtesy of Bethel Search and Rescue

Kuskokwim River near Aniak. – Courtesy of Bethel Search and Rescue

A mild winter in Southwest Alaska combined with low snowfall is resulting in what hydrologists say will likely be a “thermal break up,” and what some call a “mush out.

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