With the Iditarod set to make an exciting finish, most of the mushing teams are taking their mandatory eight-hour breaks or just finishing up their eight-hour breaks and heading out. With half of the teams settled at Galena while many remain at Ruby, it will be a chilly day for the race on Saturday.
At the Galena checkpoint the current conditions are 19 degrees below zero, but with the wind it feels like a balmy 32 degrees below zero. It will get as warm as 1 degree above zero around Galena by late afternoon before the temperatures take another dive.
At the Ruby checkpoint, it's only 10 degrees below zero but it feels like 22 degrees below zero. The high is forecasted to reach 4 degrees by mid-day. The mushers will look to get fair weather at most of the check points with minimal wind and not much precipitation.
Coverage of the 2012 Iditarod can be found on the official website. With a subscription, one can track riders by way of GPS and watch video from the various checkpoints. For continued updates throughout the race, keep with this StoryStream.