Heavy snow skips Anchorage, hits Kenai Peninsula

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A strong storm system is moving through Southcentral Thursday through Friday afternoon. Anchorage will see light snow associated with this system, but the storm track is pushing the storm to the east. So most of the snow will be stalled by the Chugach Mountains.

Heavy snow and blowing snow are occurring in western Prince William Sound, including Whittier and Seward. Most areas will see an additional 17 to 21 inches of snow, with some locations receiving 28 inches. Difficult travel is expected with visibility dropping to a half mile or less, due to the heavy snow and winds. A Winter Storm Warning is in place until 3 p.m. on Friday.

The snow is expected to increase through Thursday afternoon and continue until Friday afternoon, though the winds should die down overnight before increasing again Friday morning. Look for winds 15 to 30 mph with areas along Turnagain Arm. Portage Valley can expect winds 40 to 60 mph.

The west side of the Kenai Peninsula is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. Thursday. Storm totals are expected to reach 4 to 7 inches of snow, with the areas around the Homer Bluff and Anchor Point seeing near 10 inches of snow. Winds gusting to 25 mph will blow the snow around and causing drifting and poor visibility, particularly near the Homer Bluff.

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