The primary weather feature today and for the weekend is a vertically stacked low pinballing around the Gulf of Alaska within an upper trough. It is not very strong to begin with and will only weaken as we go through the weekend. Therefore, while showers are likely in SE and parts of Southcentral in the coming days, heavy rain or snow is not a threat and winds will remain fairly tame.
Gusty winds to 40 mph and snow and blowing snow in the AK Peninsula will cause drifting snow and reduced visibilities. Chilly temperatures are in store for the West and Slope. In fact, wind chills to 60 below are likely for Deadhorse and Point Lay this morning, with highs only reaching the teens and 20s below zero.
Southcentral will see another lovely day. Highs will be in the 40s but in the eastern Kenai, temps may push to near 50. PWS will see increasing clouds and a few showers through the afternoon. Isolated showers are possible elsewhere.
In Anchorage and the Valley, sunshine will be abundant this morning. There will be a few clouds into the afternoon, then increasing clouds overnight and tomorrow. A slight chance of rain or snow showers must still be mentioned through Saturday night. We'll return to partial sunshine on Sunday, then see lots of sun next week as a high pressure ridge builds in.
Temps will cool to the mid 30s by Monday.
Enjoy the sunshine and warm temps but do be careful on roadways in the early morning hours as lows will dip into the 20s.