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SITUATION REPORT 09-014 (as of 11:00 AM, 14 January 2009)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
State Emergency Coordination Center Preparedness Level 1
Maritime Security (MARSEC) Level – Level I – Low.
Military installations in Alaska are at FPCON A.
State of Alaska Cyber Security Alert Level: Guarded
World Health Organization Pandemic Phase - Phase 3: No or very limited human-to-human transmission (An Influenza Pandemic situation report, which contains an explanation of the WHO Pandemic Phases, is attached to this situation report and updated every Tuesday)

State of Alaska Situation
(Updates to this section from previous Situation Report are in Italics.)

Threat Level Changes
No change.

Blizzard Warning
Pribilof Islands including Saint Paul. Blizzard warning remains in effect until 5 am Thursday. An approaching front will bring increasing snowfall late tonight. The front will stall just southeast of the Pribilofs with snow persisting all the way through Wednesday night. With north winds gusting 40 to 50 mph throughout the period, blizzard conditions can be expected beginning late tonight as the snowfall increases and lasting through Wednesday night.

Winter Storm Warning
- Southeastern Brooks Range including Arctic Village, Wiseman, Coldfoot, Chandalar D.O.T. Camp and Iniakuk Lake.  Winter storm warning remains in effect until 12 pm Thursday. Snowfall accumulations today through Thursday morning of 6 to 10 inches are likely west of Chandalar Lake. Snowfall over the remainder should range from 3 to 5 inches.

- Upper Koyukuk Valley including Allakaket, Hughes, Bettles, Caribou Mountain and Gobblers Knob. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 12 pm Thursday for heavy snow and local blizzard conditions. Snowfall accumulations today through Thursday morning of 6 to
12 inches are likely with highest amounts near the Brooks Range. Strong winds over higher terrain will create local blizzard conditions with near zero visibility in snow and blowing snow. Heavy drifting of snow is expected along the higher summits of the Dalton Highway.

- Eastern Alaska Range including Mentasta Lake, Black Rapids, Donnelly Dome, Trims Camp, Eagle Trail and Mineral Lake. Winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon. Heavy snow near Isabel Pass will diminish this afternoon. Storm total snowfall will range from 8 to 12 inches. Rain and freezing rain will fall between Donnelly Dome and Trims Camp along the Richardson Highway today. Although air temperatures will be near or above freezing surfaces will remain well below freezing with any rain freezing on contact. Snow and rain will end this afternoon.

High Wind Warning
- Western Prince William Sound including Whittier, Seward, Girdwood and Moose Pass. High wind warning in effect from 9 am this morning to 1 am Thursday for Turnagain Arm and Portage Valley. Winds will increase to 30 to 50 mph with gusts to 80 mph by mid-morning. Windy conditions are expected to continue through
Wednesday night.

- Southeast Prince William Sound including Cordova
High wind warning in effect from 9 am this morning to 3 am Thursday. Winds will increase to 30 to 50 mph with gusts to 80 mph by mid-Morning. Windy conditions are expected to continue through Wednesday night.

- Anchorage including Anchorage, Eagle River, Indian and Eklutna. High wind warning remains in effect until 6 am Thursday for Turnagain Arm and higher elevations. Southeast winds will continue to increase this morning with gusts to 85 mph over east Anchorage including areas along the Hillside outlets of valleys and along Turnagain Arm. The strongest gusts are expected this evening reaching as high as 105 mph. Windy conditions are expected to continue through early Thursday morning.

Winter Storm Warning
- Upper Kobuk and Noatak Valleys including Ambler, Shungnak and Kobuk. Winter storm warning in effect from noon today to 12 pm Thursday. Snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches are expected today through Thursday morning. Highest amounts are expected on south-facing
Slopes and near the Brooks Range.

- Eastern Norton Sound And Nulato Hills including Unalakleet, Stebbins, St Michael, Elim, Koyuk and Shaktoolik. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 am Thursday. Snow and local blowing snow will continue today. The snow will probably mix with rain over the Nulato Hills and freezing rain is possible late today and tonight in the Norton Sound communities. Total snow accumulations in some areas especially over southern Norton Sound may reach six inches.

- Lower Yukon Valley including Marshall, Russian Mission, Holy Cross, Grayling, Shageluk, Anvik and Flat. Winter storm warning remains in effect until 9 am Thursday. Snow this morning will likely mix with or change to freezing rain. Even in areas that the temperatures rise above freezing, surfaces will remain cold. Ice could accumulate up to one quarter of an inch. Mixed precipitation is possible through Thursday morning. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected.

- Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys including Galena, Nulato, Huslia, Kaltag, Ruby and Koyukuk. Winter storm warning remains in effect until 9 am Thursday. Snow will continue in most areas into Thursday morning. Storm total accumulations will range from around 3 inches east of Ruby to 12 inches along the Nulato Hills from Nulato to Kaltag. From Galena southward, the snow may mix with sleet or possibly freezing rain. Any rain will create very icy surfaces.

Travel Advisories
- A travel advisory has been issued for Milepost 98-209.4 and Milepost 240 (Atigun Pass) – 284.7 of the Dalton Highway due to reports of heavy drifting and blowing snow with low to zero visibility. The winds are reported to be blowing 30-35 mph.  Please drive with extreme caution, reduce your speed and watch out for road equipments and road crews clearing the road.

- Parks Highway from MP163 – MP258.  Travel condition is difficult at this time due to areas of freezing rain, heavy snowfall, and poor pavement conditions. Watch for areas of black ice, ice glaze, snow pack, and drifting snow.  Visibility is reduced due to blowing snow and freezing rain.   Travel is not advised at this time especially through the Healy section, MP230-MP258 due to extreme weather conditions.     

Useful link:
  Weather: Current Public and Marine Hazards and Regional News http: http://www.arh.noaa.gov/:
Volcano:  Current Volcano information: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
    Complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for
Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/
Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.
 Oil and Hazardous Substance Releases:  Photographs and spill information "Quick Links: Active Spill Responses":  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm 

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 15 January 2009. A significant change in the situation or the threat level will prompt an interim report. Please direct questions regarding this report to the SECC at 907-428-7100 or secc@ak-prepared.com.

How to reach the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Phone the State Emergency Coordination Center (SECC) by dialing (907) 428-7100 or 1-800-478-2337, 24 hours per day.  Information on emergency topics is available on the Division's web site at http://www.ak-prepared.com.  Homeland Security information may be found at http://www.ak-prepared.com/homelandsecurity/

How to reach the Division of Administration – State Cyber Security Program:  If you have questions you may contact Darrell Davis, State Computer Security Officer darrel.davis@Alaska.gov.

For further information:
Being prepared: Ready.gov
Countries:              U.S. State Department Background Notes.
Maps:           United Nations Cartographic Section
                University of Texas Library Map Section.