Alabama's cold, but Alaska is warmer than average

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (APTN / CBS Newspath) -- While a large part of the county is freezing under Alaska-like conditions, parts of the nation's northernmost state were basking in balmy conditions Tuesday.

The official temperature tied a record 44 degrees (Fahrenheit) in Anchorage, set in 1981 and 2011. Some parts of Anchorage had temperatures closer to 50 degrees.

The National Weather Service says it's about twice as warm as the normal high of 24 degrees thanks to high and low pressures working to push tropical air to the north.

The warm weather won't last long for Alaskans, temperatures are expected to drop Tuesday night.

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