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NWS warns: second wave of storms, more flooding possible this week

On Front Street, Nome, flags in the wind

Western Alaska is often host to storms in the late autumn. Almost exactly two years ago, a November 2011 Bering Sea storm brought rare levels of coastal flooding – as well as strong winds that stretched taut the flags on Nome’s Front Street, seen here.

More coastal flooding may be coming to Western Alaska later this week. “A series of storms,” the National Weather Service (NWS) reports, “will sweep across Northern Alaska Tuesday night through Thursday.”

After a blustery weekend of strong winds and flooding in some Norton Sound communities, NWS says “another round of stormy weather is likely across much of Western Alaska,” bringing with it “heavy surf and the possibility of coastal flooding Wednesday night and Thursday to the Bering Sea coast, including Norton Sound.”

Per the NWS special weather statement, among those at risk will be “the areas in Norton Sound that experienced coastal flooding on Sunday.”


*Update: as of 12 noon Monday, the National Weather Service has retained a coastal flood warning for the Eastern Norton Sound and Nulato Hills.

NWS has canceled flood warnings for the St. Lawrence Island and Bering Strait Coast, Northern and Interior Seward PeninsulaChukchi Sea Coast, Yukon Delta, and Southern Seward Peninsula Coast (which includes Nome). Winter storm warnings or watches, however, remain in effect for these regions.

The latest forecast information can be found on the Alaska Region Headquarters website; this is the same source from which KNOM pulls its on-air forecasts.

Again, as always, we strongly encourage you to keep an eye on the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service. Please read their special weather statement, issued 1:15am Monday morning.