After a soggy Sunday, Monday is shining bright! And the timing could't be better as many of us celebrate Memorial Day with outdoor activities.
A weak dry flow at the upper levels has developed in Anchorage and the Valley today. Moist air just above the surface made for a dewy start to the day. But as temps rise, the heavy dew is burning off and sunshine is here to stay throughout the morning. By afternoon, expect a few clouds and an isolated shower, especially over the mountains, as low level moisture increases a bit and uplift of that moisture by the mountains and daytime heating kicks in. Highs will reach the upper 50s.
It was a rainy weekend in the Interior, as well. Rain continues this morning in Central and Fort Yukon. Scattered to isolated showers will develop later this afternoon across the Interior with highs in the 60s.
Sections of the Tanana, Salcha, and Chena rivers have risen to near flood stage due to snowmelt and heavy rain. Flood Advisories and Small Stream Flood Advisories are in effect into the afternoon. Some of the tributaries and smaller stream will be near flood levels, also. This is impacting Fairbanks and surrounding communities.
Gary skies and showers are in store for the SE Panhandle with 50s for highs. The SW and West will be dry with sunshine and warm temps inland. Highs will range from 40s and 50s along the coast to 60s inland.
A strong low and frontal boundary is marching across the Aleutians today. Windy, periods of gusty winds, and cool temps are forecasts into tonight.
Have a wonderful and happy Memorial Day. God bless those who sacrifice to preserve our freedoms!