"Unreasonably warm weather in parts of Alaska is forcing the cancellation of qualifying races for future rookies of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
"It's also complicating training for mushers already signed up" for the 1,100± mile race to Nome.
"But Iditarod officials say there's still plenty of snow along much of the route. They say there's no need to worry about drastic changes to the race, which will start March 2 with a ceremonial run in Anchorage."
It's snowing today - finally - but Accu-Hunch guesses we'll have temps back into the low 40s by this weekend.
Apart from the aesthetics (fresh snow is pretty!), we're all concerned. If the ground's dry from too little snow, the vegetation will make excellent fuel for the upcoming grass-fire season.