This Saturday's ceremonial start of the 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will only cover three miles, rather than the traditional 11-mile course.
Between the lack of snow and continued unseasonably warm weather, there simply isn't enough snow to build the course. Even with several rail-cars of snow hauled from Fairbanks, it won't work.
I know there's nothing they can do, but ... just dang. It doesn't seem like the Iditarod if it isn't cold and snowy, you know?
When they officially begin the race on Sunday, there will be some snow cover. Other places in Alaska have had a bit of snow, and the trail's in fair condition as it heads north and west.