ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - While under partly sunny to sunny skies Monday Anchorage warms to near 44 degrees.
Sunday's winds taper off on Monday as the low-pressure system southeast of Yakutat continues southeast along the Panhandle lessening the pressure difference as the storm moves further from the high-pressure ridge over Southwest Alaska. Last night and this morning's cold temps in the 20's and 30's from the cold that air moved into the area will rebound as daytime highs on Monday (today) warm back into the 40's with plentiful sunshine and less wind across much of the region.
Our next chance of showers will be Monday night as storm energy moves into interior Southcentral tonight and Tuesday. Increasing flow out of the southwest will usher in enough moisture to produce a mix of light rain and snow from the northern half of the Susitna Valley east across the Talkeetna and Wrangell Mountains. The main part of the front lifts north over the region late Tuesday into Wednesday bringing another round of precipitation to Southcentral along with an increase in gap winds out of the southeast for Turnagain Arm, Passage Canal, and the Copper River Basin. With colder air lingering across interior locations, precipitation with this system could start as a brief period of snow (or a rain-snow mix) before changing to rain as warmer air works its way in.
Right now, the bulk of any accumulating snow looks to stay confined to the higher elevations, although it is possible there could be some minor accumulations for areas near Willow, Turnagain Pass, and Thompson Pass.
Partly sunny to mostly skies in Anchorage Monday as we warm up to 44 degrees along with winds out of the northwest at 15 mph along Turnagain Arm as well as in higher elevations. Monday night we become mostly cloudy with a low of 33 degrees.
Cloudy Tuesday with a high of 45 degrees as well as a 50 percent chance for rain showers. Winds will be out of the southeast at 15 mph but up to 30 mph along Turnagain Arm as well as in higher elevations. Tuesday night we have a 50 percent chance for rain/snow showers with winds out of the southeast at 15 mph but out of the northwest from 15-30 mph along Turnagain Arm as well as in higher elevations
Looking ahead, Anchorage will be cloudy on Wednesday with rain likely (60 percent chance) as we warm up to 45 degrees while winds blow out of the northwest at 15 but out of the northwest from 15-30 mph along Turnagain Arm as well as in higher elevations.
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