Snow has been falling all night and this morning in the Homer area where one to two feet can be expected locally, with drifting snow in 20 to 30 mph wind gusts. Snow will lighten up tonight and taper off tomorrow.
Light to moderate snow is expected for the rest of the Inlet region. Accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are likely. Coldest temperatures in Southcentral will be along the upper Susitna, toward Talkeetna. Snow showers in PWS will continue with 2 to 8 inches possible. Snow showers and several inches are in store for the SE Panhandle, as well.
The broad upper trough that sitting over Alaska for the last week is going nowhere fast! Cold air is found in the northerly flow on the west side of the trough. Warmer air and snow is found in the southerly flow within the trough over Southcentral and SE Alaska, as a series of weak disturbances swing out of the Gulf into PWS. Temperatures will range from 10 below to a bitter 45 below in some of the Interior valleys. Highs in SE will reach the 20s and 30s with teens and 20s in PWS.
Along with the brutal cold over the Interior and West, winds will reduce wind chills to near 50 below in St. Lawrence Island and along the far NW coast.
This is a serious cold snap. Please do not venture outside if not needed through tomorrow and if you do, plan on areas of ice fog and temperatures from 20 to 50 below.
Anchorage and the Mat Su will not only stay in the single digits today, but tomorrow, also. New Year's Eve night will be very cold, with lows from 0 to 10 below. Ringing in the new year may be tough to take if you are not dressed in warm layers. Plan accordingly!