A cold start with a slight warm up along with snow chances

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - While under mostly cloudy skies Monday in Anchorage we will see a high near 7 degrees.

Storms in the Gulf are pulling that cold air out of the north and keeping our winds going through coastal Southcentral, with the strongest winds occurring over Thompson Pass, the Valdez waterways, Whittier, and Seward.

The first of these storms are moving inland through Cordova this morning and producing heavy snow at times that is overspreading Thompson Pass, leading to blizzard conditions. The second of these storms is in the southern Gulf and will strengthen as it lifts northwest toward the eastern Kenai today. Its associated storm energy will lift toward Prince William Sound, helping to reinforce snow along the coast. Snow will also spread west toward Seward and Whittier this (Monday) morning, and combined with these gusty winds out of the Interior, this will result in reduced visibility for these locations as well as Turnagain Pass.

The storm will be slow to move inland, allowing the strongest winds and snow to continue through late Monday. The winds then weaken Monday evening as the system lifts north as our airflow switches to out of the south while snow showers linger. We get a little respite, as a stronger storm (39-54 winds) heads into the Gulf late Tuesday. This storm will cause pressure differences once again and will create our gusty winds out of the Interior through Wednesday. Snow and gusty winds will also be possible for Kodiak Island, as well as the immediate Southcentral coast, by late Tuesday evening as the low and its associated storm energy track closer.

For the extended period, a strong storm (39-54 mph winds) in the Gulf of Alaska will slowly lift northward and inland over Southcentral Wednesday night. The northern Gulf coast will likely see ample precipitation through Thursday. Smaller storms that join the mix could prolong precipitation over the northern Gulf coast through the end of the week (through Friday). The remnants of these storms look to finally exit the Gulf to the east by the weekend, as a ridge of high pressure approaches from the west, meanwhile over the Bering, cold airflow out of the north is expected to continue through the end of the week. By the weekend another storm approaches the western Aleutians, bringing unsettled weather conditions for the beginning of February.

Mostly cloudy skies in Anchorage on Monday with a high of 7degrees along with snow chances this afternoon. Mostly cloudy Monday evening as we drop down to -2 degrees below zero, with a chance of snow as well as winds out of the north at 15 mph.

Mostly cloudy skies in Anchorage on Tuesday with a high of 13 degrees and 20 mph winds. Mostly cloudy skies Tuesday night with a low of 9 degrees as well as 15 mph winds.

Looking ahead, Wednesday we will be under mostly cloudy skies with a high of 20 degrees and 15 mph winds.

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