This image shows subzero temperatures across Alaska early Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (AccuWeather)
Following an October that was milder than normal in Alaska, it turned brutally cold in parts of The Last Frontier this week.
Subzero cold is not uncommon for interior Alaska in early November, but the dramatic plunge that occurred earlier this week was notably harsh.
Early on Monday, temperatures dropped to minus 23 F in Fairbanks for the first time this season, which is the earliest the city has recorded a temperature that low since Oct. 25, 1996. The coldest Nov. 2 on record in Fairbanks is 33 below zero, and that temperature reading was recorded back in 1907.
An average high temperature for early November in the city is 16 degrees Fahrenheit while a typical low is around zero.
“Strong high pressure coupled with longer nights and shorter days allowed temperatures to become very low across