Cold a comin’

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A month behind schedule, winter is finally forcing its way into a coastal Alaska coated in frozen rain.

Temperatures on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula and in the Anchorage metropolitan area were dropping into the teens and single digits on Saturday. Four hundreds miles to the west where the lower Kuskokwim River had remained strangely free of ice through December and into January, the thermometer was falling toward zero.

The National Weather Service warned of windchills to 40 degrees or colder on the wild Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta by Sunday night. The 49th state was at last returning to something near normal, although normal is getting harder to define in a period where the drum beat of climate change dominates weather discussions.

Cold a comin’

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