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The waters surrounding St. Lawrence Island are sea ice free. There is some remaining open water--with ice concentration less than 1/10--approximately 40 to 50 nm northeast of Gambell.
The waters around Nome are sea ice free. The 2018 SIWO season has ended for this area as of 10 May.
Open water extends approximately 12 nm offshore from Shishmaref. Beyond that is ice free to Russian waters.
The waters around Diomede are ice free. There are areas of open water along either mainland coast.
Waters will remain open or sea ice free.
NWS 5-day sea ice forecast
Northeast winds 15 to 20 kt (17 to 25 mph) on Friday, May 25th will be strongest through the Bering Strait near Diomede. Winds will shift to the north and northwest on Sunday, May 27th and decrease around 10 to 15 kt (12 to 17 mph). This wind pattern will persist through Monday, May 28th Memorial Day. Winds will then shift to the northeast 15 kt (17 mph) through the Bering Strait and northeast 10 kt (12 mph) near Shishmaref by Tuesday, May 29th. The winds will become easterly on Wednesday, May 30th, 5 to 10 kt (6 to 12 mph) and remain light but switch to southerly at 5 to 10 kt (6 to 12 mph) on Thursday, May 31st and Friday, June 1st.
High temperatures Friday, May 25th will start out cooler with lower to mid 30's then steadily increase to mid 30's through the holiday weekend through Monday, May 28th. Temperatures will continue to increase from Tuesday, May 29th through Friday, June 1st with highs in the mid 30's along the Bering Strait to lower 40's near Shishmaref. Overnight lows around 30 Friday, May 25th through Tuesday, May 29th and gradual increase from mid 30s Wednesday, May 30th through Friday, June 1st. The warmest temperatures will be along the Seward Peninsula.
Daily Weather, Wind, and Temperature Updates
The National Weather Service provides twice-daily, text only updates on the weather, wind, and temperature conditions in specific geographical zones. An interactive weather map for access to other Alaskan zones can be found here: http://weather.gov/anchorage/ice
Wind maps are updated daily and can be viewed here: http://www.weather.gov/afg/SIWO_overview