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J. Crew skirt, Hipstik tights, Anne Klein scarf, Anne Klein silk print floral scarf, Snachez riding boots (all own) and red beret c/o Tenth Street Hats

I frequently get the question what to wear in Alaska in February. Well, it depends on the weather. This post provides answers on what to wear in Interior Alaska in February for various weather and dressing situations.

 

Contents
  1. What Is the Weather in Interior Alaska in February?
    • Weather vs. Climate
  2. What to Pack When Visiting Interior Alaska in February
  3. Outfit Ideas What to Wear in Interior Alaska in February
  4. Top of the World Style Linkup No. 345
  5. References

 

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What Is the Weather in Interior Alaska in February?

Under high pressure conditions, nights are still very cold with temperatures in the -30F (-34.4oC, while the northward moving Sun leads to longer daylight hours and stronger insolation than in January. Consequently, temperature rises during the day to more pleasant conditions despite there is still some degree of cold stress even when you dressed appropriately. Nevertheless, wearing the right clothes permits enjoying a dog-sled ride, cross-country skiing, a short walk with or without dog(s) or snowmachining around local noon.

On the contrary, under low pressure, the increase in wind and humidity mean that it feels much colder and unpleasant than the temperatures actually are. This means despite you dress appropriately for the weather your thermal comfort is less than under high pressure conditions. Actually, the temperatures are often higher than under high pressure condition, but you feel much colder and uncomfortable when a frontal system comes thru. Moisture and wind are creepy and hard to dress for. Thus, in the Interior, people fear wind more than 40 below.

 

climatemeantemperatures
February 1981 to 2010 averages of daily minimum and maximum temperatures and monthly mean temperature. Graphics from: Western Region Climate Center

 

 

diagrams of February climate normal of monthly mean wind speed and precipitation in Alaska
February climate normal of monthly mean wind speed and precipitation. Graphs from: Western Region Climate Center. Arrows indicate the location of Interior Alaska

 

 

Weather vs. Climate

Climate is the 30 years mean of the temperature, wind, humidity and pressure condition of a particulate hour, day, month or year at a given place. It’s the mean over the weather conditions of the past 30 years, i.e. the likelihood that the climatological conditions are met exactly on a particulate day or in a particular month are low. Climate only reflect the range of conditions to expect. In other words

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daily minimum, maximum and mean temperature at Fairbanks International Airport
Daily minimum (blue), mean (black) and maximum (red) temperature at Fairbanks International Airport in Fahrenheit (solid lines) and degree Celsius (dashed lines).  More on the relation between Fahrenheit and degree Celsius at the link. Data from: NOAA

 

The time series of minimum and maximum temperatures show exemplary that during the diurnal course and the course of the month temperatures can differ strongly from the mean.  It also illustrates that temperatures can differ strongly from one day to the other.

 

 

What to Pack When Visiting Interior Alaska in February

Due to the high range of potential weather conditions, you are best of packing pieces for layering. Go for clothes that color coordinate well, and are suitable to create cozy layered looks, but also to be worn alone with just long underwear underneath. You can find how to create stylish cold wet weather outfits in the guide at the link.

Regarding your footwear, insulative insole are a Must. You don’t want to learn how to avoid cold feet at frigid temperatures the hard way.

When you come to see the aurora, see this post on what to pack for watching the aurora.

When you come for business the looks below work when the dress code is business casual. After already, four months of snow, everyone likes to see a pop of color. Thus, you can get away with bold colors in your outfit even at a work meeting or when going out for lunch or dinner with your business partners.

Alaskan woman in casual work outfit with jeans, jacket, printed top
Side view of the look described below

 

Alaskan fashion blogger in red beret, black sweater, purple skirt, tall boots and tights
J. Crew skirt, Hipstik tights, Anne Klein scarf, Anne Klein silk print floral scarf, Sanchez riding boots, Judie Guum brooch (all own) and red beret c/o Tenth Street Hats

 

The next outfit works under humid conditions with long underwear and outerwear that is not filled with downs, for instance a shearling coat. The second look works on a sunny, dry, cold day with a down coat as outerwear. You can find what to look for in a down coat at the link.

 

 

Alaskan woman in casual work outfit with jeans, jacket, printed top
Front view of look described below

 

style blogger in jeans and blazer with floral top
Outfit details: Smoky quartz necklace and earrings, Hermes H-buckle, unbranded belt, Coolibar top, Escada denim booties, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Tahari glencheck blazer (all own) and flared jeans c/o Femme Luxe

 

 

midlife woman in orange suit, leopard print tights, heeled ducks walking on snow
Details: Max Mara skirt, Max Mara puffer blazer, GNW Luxe sweater, GNW leopard pattern tights, Gucci scarf, Fendi booties

 

 

Outfit Ideas What to Wear in Interior Alaska in February

The following photos show outfits I wore this February under various weather conditions. You may notice that my layering is more substantial when you see a gray background in photos taken outside than in those with blue skies. Gray skies mean moist, humid and sometimes combined with wind. Blue skies indicate dry, cold calm or no wind continental conditions. Photos taken indoor mean that it either was too dark or thermally too uncomfortable to take photos outside.

 

fashion blogger in snow camouflage pants, zebra top, shealing, white heels carrying a backpack
Outfit details: Notations zebra print cardigan, layering top, Rebecca Collins gemstone necklace, Fendi boots, Jake’s shearling coat (all own), snow camouflage pants c/o Femme Luxe and vegan backpack c/o JORD

 

over 50 years old woman in monochromatic green outfit of skirt, sweater, scarf, tights, belt and footwear
Front view of the look described below

 

older woman in monochromatic work style of silk skirt, cashmere sweater, tights and shoes walking in a hall
Unbranded hunter green sweater, Hermes collier de chien belt, GNW tights, Nine West camouflage print booties, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hermes Medor watch, Lapis and malachite necklace (all own), skirt c/o Lilysilk and artisan painted scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta

 

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older woman in yellow leather skirt, matching scarf, pink top, teal tights
Dior neckerchief, citrin and bone statement necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Festina watch, GNW tights, Daily Shoes sneakers, Asaavi leather skirt, Ray Ban sunglasses and GNW Luxe sweater (all own)

 

Alaskan in floral down coat with backpack and sneakers
Side view of look February outfit with floral down coat

 

Alaskan woman doing street style with long down coat, sunnies, booties, vegan bag and wood belt
Snow Touch floral print down coat, GNW tights, Daily Shoes sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own) and backpack c/o JORD

 

Alaskan blogger in thick coat, leather skirt, leopard tights, sweater, scarf and boots in the snow
Vintage coat, Saarvi leather skirt, GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater, printed scarf, GNW leopard pattern tights, Fendi boots, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own) and bag c/o JORD

 

street style blogger in leather joggers and sweater
Back view of joggers with sweater look

 

Alaskan fashion blogger in leather joggers with sweater
Vince leather joggers with GNW Luxe sweater, camouflage pony hair booties, pearl necklaces, Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source, and wooden watch c/o Jord

 

older woman in leather trousers and winter outerwear with Russian scarf and beret
Shearling coat with Russian scarf, belted for shape, leather joggers, camouflage booties, hat and structured bag

 

 

Top of the World Style Linkup No. 345

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Top of the World Style awardees Jill, Shelbee and Angie
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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. So interesting Nicole, when we Brits talk about the cold we know nothing !!!! Thanks for hosting.

  2. Rena

    The challenges of living in such a cold climate amaze me.

    Rena
    finewhateverblog.com

  3. Rosemary Davis

    Your February outfits look amazing! We visited Alaska in June of 2019 and the weather was beautiful!
    Many people get disappointed when visiting us here in Florida in February. They do not realize that we get winter temps which are much cooler than they are expecting.

    Rosemary
    distinctlysouthernstyle.com

  4. dousedinpink

    And, thank you so much for featuring me this week! What a nice surprise!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  5. dousedinpink

    You win! I’ll stop complaining about how cold it is here! These are great outfits! You always look so cozy chic!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  6. shelbeeontheedge1

    I love how much you color you keep in your winter wardrobe, Nicole! It brightens up the cold snowy winter days! We have been experiencing lots of days below -30 and it has made me just want to stay in pajamas and not leave my house! Thankfully, I have the luxury to do that! Thanks so much for the feature this week!

    Shelbee

  7. justlivejoy

    So cold but I would still LOVE to visit Alaska! Fab outfit choices to keep warm!! Loving that green one for March. 🙂

  8. Leslie Fu

    The climate in alaska is a lot cooler, so you have to keep yourself more warm when you visit alaska. The outfits that you have shared with us in this article are very pretty and will definately keep us warm in alaska climate. Thank you for sharing it with us. Keep sharing more such articles with us.

  9. Anna Shirley

    Oh Dear, that is so cold. I want to visit Alaska someday, but I’m not sure that I can live there long term. Your snowy pictures look beautiful, though. You amaze me how you can stay warm and stylish at the same time. You don’t compromise. Thank you for sharing this post with My Red Carpet.

    Anna

  10. donnadoesdresses

    You’re very brave living in such an unforgiving climate!! Thank you for sharing your interesting outfits and for your intelligent analysis of your weather conditions, Nicole – I’d love to meet for a nice drink if ever we’re in Alaska!!
    Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

  11. Mr.Rios

    You had us at ‘climatological conditions’! (insert heart emoji here). Only you can make camouflage booties and floral print parkas work wonderfully, am truly loving your fashion choices and your vast scientific acumen! Thanks for the lesson in environmental sciences and fashion sense!

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