ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - While under mostly cloudy skies Friday Anchorage will see a high near 26 degrees.
Our weather becomes more active once again compared to the last day or so as a series of storm fronts move across Southcentral Friday morning.
As the storms lift toward the coast (last night), areas of light snow developed from the Kenai Peninsula north across the Anchorage Bowl and Mat-Su Valleys. The snowfall has been generally light, but 1-3" of minor snow accumulations are possible into Friday morning. This front will then stall along the coast as a second, more potent frontal system lifts from the Alaska Peninsula to the northern Gulf by Friday night.
A more moist flow of airflow out of the south will accompany this second system, making precipitation type a bit more challenging as warmer air moves in across the region. Snow should change quickly to rain late Friday night along the coastal eastern Kenai Peninsula and western Prince William Sound as strong winds out of the south develop along the surface.
There is a great deal of cold air entrenched across Southcentral for the warmer air to displace so we could see snow rain mixes in some spots. So it could take until Saturday morning for the warmer air to change snow into rain as the airflow moves up Cook Inlet. Farther north, the colder air should remain in place until the afternoon, when the rain/snow mix becomes more likely for Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valleys. Strong gap winds out of the southeast will also increase ahead of this front with gusty Turnagain Arm and Anchorage Hillside winds developing tonight (Friday night) and peaking Saturday morning.
There is a chance that these winds could gust between 40-50 mph. Then we can expect another strong storm system to move into either the western or northern Gulf late Saturday into Sunday.
There is some uncertainty as to the position and timing between the storm movements; however, the persistent warm airflow out of the south would indicate a continued upward trend in temperatures and any lingering snow giving way to rain.
For the extended forecast, the long term continues to be a mess, pardon my french. Our yo-yo cool, warm, cool winter cycle looks to keep trending over the next week or so. What this means for Southcentral is that we will continue to forecast a warm-up to start the long term, with sustained warmth throughout the week.
Early snow in Anchorage Friday with temps near 16 degrees but warming to near 26 degrees later today. Winds pick up to around 15 mph but up to 30 mph along Turnagain Arm as well as in higher elevations. Friday night we drop down to 24 degrees while under mostly cloudy skies plus 45 mph winds along Turnagain Arm as well as in higher elevations.
Cloudy Saturday in Anchorage with a 50 percent chance of snow and rain with a high near 35 degrees. Winds will be around 15 mph but up to 45 mph along Turnagain Arm as well as in higher elevations. Saturday night we drop down to 32 degrees while under mostly cloudy skies and a chance of snow and rain as well as 30 mph winds along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations.
Looking ahead, Sunday we will be mostly cloudy while we warm up to 40 degrees as winds blow out of the northeast from 10-15 mph but up to 30 mph along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations.
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