- Associated Press - Monday, December 28, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Meteorologists say a weather front is bringing high winds and warmer temperatures to much of Alaska, with extreme conditions closing a state-operated tunnel for hours.

The state transportation department reopened the Whittier Tunnel on Portage Highway around 4 p.m. Monday. High winds prompted the tunnel’s closure earlier in the day.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rebecca Duell says winds near the tunnel were blowing at 41 mph, gusting to 91 mph.

Duell says the Delta Junction area also is hard-hit, with sustained winds blowing at 45 mph and gusting to 62 mph.

The weather front also was bringing warmer temperatures, with highs in the Anchorage area ranging between the mid-30s and low 40s. The normal high is 24.

In the Fairbanks area, temperatures were in the low 20s. The normal high is 3 degrees.

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