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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - While under sunny skies Friday Anchorage will see a high near -2 degrees.

The cold air will persist over Southcentral through the weekend. Given the extremely cold temperatures to the north and a series of low-pressure systems tracking across the Gulf, gusty winds out of the northeast through the usual mountain gap locations will be likely into tomorrow (Saturday). Wind gusts of 60 mph are possible in Valdez Friday (this) morning. Similar gusts are also possible in Thompson Pass and thus a wind chill advisory is currently in effect for temperatures near minus 50. Winds in the Matanuska Valley will potentially cause very sharp temperature differences (temperatures will be highest where the winds are strongest) in Palmer/Wasilla overnight and into Friday morning from the creation of warmer air due to being close to the Earth's surface. Much of Southcentral continues to stay dry for the next few days with the exception of Kodiak. The island could get 1-2" of snow overnight Friday into Saturday as storms move through the area.

For the extended period, below-average temperatures and dry conditions continue for much of the southern mainland Sunday through next Thursday. Gusty conditions along the coast also persist as the dominant high-pressure system to the north along the Alaska-Canada Border keeps sending cold air rushing south. The most active weather focuses over the Bering Sea as more Gale Force Storms (39-54 mph winds) continue to push out of the north Pacific and towards the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula Sunday night. The southwestern areas of the state are expected to trend slightly warmer at the beginning of next week as an air mass originating in the sub-tropics moves north towards and into the region. We will be warmer but still staying below the average temperatures for this time of year.

Sunny skies in Anchorage on Friday with early areas of freezing fog before we warm up to a high of 2 degrees below zero while patchy fog last potentially through the afternoon as well. We are looking at light winds while temps drop on Friday night down to -10 degrees below along with more areas of freezing fog.

Sunny skies in Anchorage on Saturday with early areas of freezing fog before we warm up to a high of 5 degrees below while patchy fog lasts potentially through the afternoon as well. We are looking at light winds while temps drop on Friday night down to -8 degrees below along with more areas of freezing fog.

Looking ahead, Sunday we will warm up to 6 degrees while under partly sunny skies.

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