'Life-Threatening' Storm to Hit Alaska

More than a foot of snow, near-hurricane-like winds, flooding...
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2011 9:26 AM CST
A woman walks amid the newly fallen snow in downtown on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Juneau, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

(Newser) – The mother of all storms is headed for Alaska. Forecasters says more than a foot of snow could be dumped on the state's western coast ... and that's not all. Near hurricane-strength winds will churn up the Bering Sea, producing seas as high as 25 feet, which are expected to cause serious flooding along the coast. The winds could also shove sea ice onto land, making things even more treacherous, reports the Anchorage Daily News.

"This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm which will be one of the worst on record over the Bering Sea and the west coast," said the National Weather Service yesterday. (And on the other coast, some Connecticut residents hit day 10 without power following a serious winter storm—and aren't happy about it, reports the New York Times.)

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