Colder temperatures, snow expected to glaze southcentral streets Wednesday

(From National Weather Service Alaska)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A day after Anchorage tied its record-high daily temperature of 44 degrees Fahrenheit, the city has dropped back to near-freezing temperatures, which could cause icy streets for Wednesday evening's commute.

Adding snowfall to the mix -- through at least 5:00 -- could add more headaches for drivers.

Just after noon, the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement, saying the snow will have an uptick in intensity this afternoon through early evening, saying total snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches is expected, with some areas seeing up to 7 inches in Southcentral.

Anchorage's low for Wednesday evening is expected to drop to 21 degrees. With a high of 23 expected Thursday.

Tuesday's 44 degrees tied the high temperature on that date in 2011 for the highest recorded, and melted snow causing slick streets, sidewalks and parking lots.

Slick roads and speed were named as a factor in a deadly crash in Midtown Anchorage early Wednesday morning.

Minutes after the crash, Anchorage Police issued an alert to freezing rain and poor road conditions.

Even with the slick roads, Alaska's not seeing the worst of winter weather. The southeast U.S. is expecting a "bomb cyclone," to dump between 8 inches and a foot of snow on Boston and New York. The storm could include hurricane-force winds while at sea and near Cape Cod, Maine, and Canada.

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