By: Mitch Sego
Channel 2 Weather
7:41 AM AKDT, April 5, 2012
A low over the Lower Kuskokwim will move north today. Moisture to the east of the low and wrapping around it to the north is riding an upper jet, bringing rain and snow to a large chunk of the state.
Rain and snow will taper to showers this afternoon in the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island. Snow is already decreasing along the West Coast. An additional inch or two is possible today.
The heaviest snow will be over the western Interior, from Galena south to Aniak. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect most of the day for the Kotzebue area, the Middle and Lower Yukon, and the Upper Kuskokwim, generally west of McGrath. Snow totals may push toward 6 inches through tonight.
Rain and snow is likely in PWS with winds to 50 mph through channeled terrain. The Cook Inlet region will be under the effects of a dry downsloping flow, so showers will remain light during the day. Winds along the Upper Hillside of Anchorage and down Turnagain Arm will gust to 65 mph, then lower tonight.
As winds decrease, rain and snow may mix before changing to all snow, with 1 to 3 inches possible from Kenai/Soldotna through Anchorage and the Valley. Higher amounts are possible along the mountains.
Snow will end into the afternoon. A calmer weekend is in store, with low 40s and periods of sun.
Looking for sunshine? Head to SE. Mostly sunny skies and temps near 50 will make for a lovely day in the SE Panhandle.
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