Snow yesterday with some more lingering today

Published: Oct. 17, 2019 at 10:10 AM AKDT
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While under mostly cloudy skies Anchorage warms to near 43 degrees Thursday.

Precipitation tapered off early this morning but rain will remain today (Thursday) along the coast. The week will finish out with generally quiet weather for Southcentral Alaska. An area of weak low pressure will continue to spin in the northern Gulf of Alaska providing a chance of showers along the coast, but that's about it. Strong air flow from the west and into the southern Gulf will keep weather moving rapidly west to east through the north Pacific Ocean, which means large scale weather systems will stay well to our south and not impact our forecast area.

For the extended forecast by Saturday, a low pressure system centered over the Bering Sea and Aleutians will extend east across the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island into the western Gulf. A low pressure system in the central Gulf will continue to weaken and then dissipate as it drifts northwestward and moves inland over the Kenai Peninsula Saturday afternoon. A second weaker low pressure system will track from east to west across the Gulf Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning before moving over Kodiak Island and dissipating Sunday afternoon. These storms have the potential to bring rain/snow to Anchorage on Saturday.

A front stretching from the Bering low pressure system across the Eastern Bering and Alaska Peninsula will gradually shear apart and weaken as a developing open wave of energy and moisture south of the Gulf strengthens. This new developing low pressure system will brush past the southern Gulf as it tracks northeastward to reach Dixon Entrance by Sunday afternoon. The low pressure system over the Central Bering will begin moving south on Sunday to cross the Eastern Aleutians Monday as it weakens to an open wave of energy. The next developing north Pacific front will cross just to the south of Kodiak Island Monday afternoon and then continue northeastward into the Southeastern Gulf through Tuesday.

Another strong North Pacific low will develop Tuesday and Wednesday as we continue to monitor where this storm will be headed. So the potential for active weather later in the week as storms push close or even over our region.

Mostly cloudy to cloudy early as well as in the afternoon in Anchorage on Thursday with a high of 43 degrees. Overnight snow/rain lingered into the morning but should taper off for the rest of our day on Thursday. Thursday night we drop down to 33 degrees with light winds.

Cloudy in Anchorage on Friday with a high of 42 degrees. Friday night we will be cloudy with light winds and a low of 33 degrees.

Looking ahead, Anchorage will be cloudy on Saturday with a 50 percent chance of rain while see a high of 42 degrees.

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