Sun, fog and 5 degrees early but 5 below late night

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 11:41 AM AKST
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While under sunny skies Wednesday in Anchorage we will see a high near 6 degrees.

Clouds continue to scatter out of Southcentral as high pressure builds over the Bering Sea. Inland lows will generally be 5 to 10 degrees colder than last night in areas where clouds have already vacated. High temperatures today (Wednesday) will be in the single digits to below zero over most inland areas. Colder than normal weather will persist at least through Thursday as high pressure strengthens over the Alaska Canada Border. As cold air moves down from the Interior, winds toward the Gulf (north to south) will be enhanced. The strongest winds will be in Valdez, Thompson Pass, Resurrection Bay, the Copper River Delta and Whittier. Gap winds will increase Wednesday morning, and then peak during the day Wednesday. Cold wind chills remain in Thompson Pass through Noon on Thursday. We can see wind chills of -30 below at times in Broad Pass and the Matanuska Valley on Wednesday.

For the extended period, for the Bering Sea and Aleutians, conditions look relatively quiet over the weekend, with some weak systems moving through the area. Stronger storms will track to the south of the Aleutians. Meanwhile, Southcentral will remain cold and dry for the beginning of the weekend as a large high pressure system crosses the northern half of Alaska. As the high pressure ridge continues to move eastward into northwest Canada, this will result in a bit of a pattern change as storms in the Gulf of Alaska start to move north and into the state. Storms will move into the Gulf as early as Sunday bringing increased potential for snow to Southcentral Sunday through Tuesday. At the very least we can expect an increase in clouds and warmer temperatures.

Partly cloudy early but turning sunny later in Anchorage on Wednesday while we warm to near 8 degrees for a high. There will be more areas of patchy freezing fog this morning as well. Wednesday night we drop down to -1 below zero while under clear skies.

Sunny skies in Anchorage on Thursday with a high of just 9 degrees while winds gust to 20 mph. Clear skies Thursday night with a low of -3 degrees below zero while we sit under clear skies.

Looking ahead, Friday we will be under mostly sunny with a high of 3 degrees.

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