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Atlanta Weather | Too Warm In Alaska!!!!
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Atlanta Weather | Too Warm In Alaska!!!!

Cold temps are gripping the Northern Plains to the East Coast, meanwhile Alaska is warm, and that could cause problems for their most popular winter sporting event.

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is set to begin March 1, 2014, however, due to the milder-than-normal weather that has depleted snowpack this winter, mushers may encounter some setbacks.

As nearly 70 mushers get ready to make the 1,000-mile, multiple-day journey from Willow to Nome, the weather does not seem like it is going to cooperate this year but not because of its normal severity. Typically, the troublesome weather conditions that the race faces include winter storms, blizzards, high winds and subzero temperatures. This year is the opposite!

 

In January, Anchorage's average temperature was 12 F above normal, causing the city's snow cover to melt. Farther northwest in Nome, the temperature soared to a record-breaking high on Jan. 27, 2014, hitting 50 F for the first time ever during the winter season. Nome's average temperature for January was 16 F above normal.

Due to the lack of snow cover thus far this winter, race organizers considered moving the race start from Willow to Fairbanks. However, a construction company offered to help fix the trail with specialized equipment, and as a result, the race will stick to its traditional route through the Rainy Pass of the Alaska Range.

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