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Alaska Weather in January

Averages By Month

January is definitely the coldest month of the year but it is still an increasingly busy month, particularly in the Interior region of Alaska and you can benefit from special offers from hotels and car rentals. Until the 7th of January you can still catch a glance at Christmas in Ice in North Pole (the name of a town) near Fairbanks. During the day temperatures range from 30°F to 40°F while nighttime temperatures on average range from -30°F to -20°F.

The harshest winters are to be found in the Arctic and Interior region where winds increase the chill factor. The Pacific Ocean makes winters less frosty along the southern coastal regions where January is typically cloudy with a lot of snowfall. So it is the perfect time for all kinds of winter sports.

January is also a great month to observe the northern lights and the month of the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival where you can sample beer and wine from local breweries and wineries.

Southeast Alaska (Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway) Weather January

High and Low Temperature in January °F

Rain Days in January

Current Weather

40°F light rain
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

33° 35° 40° 48° 57° 62° 64° 63° 56° 47° 38° 34°

Low °F

24° 25° 28° 33° 41° 47° 50° 49° 44° 38° 29° 26°

Hours Light

4h 10h 12h 14h 16h 18h 17h 16h 14h 9h 8h 6h

Rain Days

20 17 19 17 16 15 18 19 22 24 21 21

Snowfall (inch)

28 17 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 13 16

Southcentral Alaska (Anchorage, Seward, Homer, Wasilla) Weather January

High and Low Temperature in January °F

Rain Days in January

Current Weather

34°F few clouds
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

21° 25° 33° 42° 55° 62° 65° 62° 55° 40° 28° 22°

Low °F

11° 19° 30° 40° 48° 52° 50° 40° 30° 15° 12°

Hours Light

6h 10h 12h 14h 17h 18h 18h 16h 14h 10h 8h 6h

Rain Days

7 6 7 4 5 7 11 15 15 11 8 7

Snowfall (inch)

15 10 12 5 1 0 0 0 1 5 12 21

Southwest Alaska (Kodiak Island, Unalaska, King Salmon, Naknek) Weather January

High and Low Temperature in January °F

Rain Days in January

Current Weather

34°F broken clouds
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

23° 27° 34° 44° 56° 63° 65° 64° 55° 40° 28° 25°

Low °F

11° 14° 19° 29° 40° 48° 52° 50° 42° 29° 17° 13°

Hours Light

8h 10h 12h 16h 17h 18h 17h 16h 14h 10h 8h 5h

Rain Days

7 6 7 4 5 7 11 15 15 11 8 7

Snowfall (inch)

11 11 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 13 17

Interior Alaska (Fairbanks, North Pole, Denali Park, Tok) Weather January

High and Low Temperature in January °F

Rain Days in January

Current Weather

14°F broken clouds
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

24° 42° 60° 70° 72° 68° 55° 32° 12°

Low °F

-18° -15° 20° 38° 48° 52° 48° 38° 18° -4° -15°

Hours Light

6h 8h 12h 14h 18h 20h 19h 17h 14h 10h 7h 5h

Rain Days

9 7 7 4 8 11 13 15 10 11 9 8

Snowfall (inch)

10 8 5 3 1 0 0 0 2 11 13 12

Arctic Alaska (Coldfoot, Utqiagvi, Nome, Kotzebue) Weather January

High and Low Temperature in January °F

Snow days in January

Current Weather

9°F mist
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

-8° -12° -10° 24° 38° 45° 41° 33° 18° -4°

Low °F

-19° -22° -20° -10° 15° 29° 33° 33° 28° -7° -17°

Hours Light

4h 8h 12h 16h 22h 24h 24h 20h 14h 10h 4h 0h

Snow Days

5 5 5 5 6 6 9 12 12 13 7 6

Snowfall (inch)

3 3 2 3 3 1 0 1 4 9 6 8


Alaska Weather by Month

Best Time to Visit Alaska

This depends greatly on the things you want to do during your stay. Spring is the best season to go on a cruise and see some gray whales. The warmest months are June, July and August with temperatures around a range of 45-70°F. September already brings cooler nights but you could also experience an extended summer with the warm Alaska weather being prolonged in September.

The northern lights can be observed from September through mid-April. During winter you can also view the artistic masterpieces created by ice carvers and try or watch some dog mushing. Winter in Alaska is also known for its spectacular festivals.

Things to know about Alaska

Alaska is of course a perfect vacation destination for winter sports activities like all sorts of skiing, dog mushing, ice skating, snowmobiling... this list could be continued endlessly. But Alaska is also a popular destination for summer vacations where you can visit various national parks, explore glaciers all year round, see wildlife such as brown bears, mooses and hawks and the breathtaking extent of untouched nature.

Alaska dog mushing
northern lights in Alaska
The northern lights or Aurora Borealis are another spectacle of nature that can be observed from April to November. And finally there are things to do out at sea like whale watching, fishing… even snorkeling is possible in summer!
All year round there are various festivals and celebrations that give you the chance to meet the locals of this huge state. Keep this vastness in mind when planning your trip, calculate enough time for your vacation and be sure to keep track of the weather in Alaska!

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