Temps warm into the teens but we get cold again

Published: Jan. 13, 2020 at 11:35 AM AKST
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While under partly cloudy skies Monday in Anchorage we will see a high near 13 degrees.

As storms track through the Anchorage Bowl area Sunday night and Monday morning, we could see 1-2 inches of snow. Overnight lows into Monday morning will be moderated by cloud cover, and should be above zero for most of Southcentral.

Exceptions include the Copper River Valley and parts of the Susitna Valley. Snow will diminish by midday Monday, initiating a return to a dry weather pattern. Temperatures will be similar to Sunday, with lingering cloud cover limiting the minimal heating that the sun provides during this time of year.

By Monday night, cold air will set back into the area. Arctic air in tandem with low pressure storms in the Gulf will enhance the difference in our atmospheric pressure, and winds out of the usual gaps and passes (Valdez waters, Resurrection Bay, Whittier and the Copper River Delta) will strengthen. Clearing skies, healthy available moisture from recent snowfall and a return to high pressure will allow the development of patchy fog for the Valley's Monday night into Tuesday morning. As for temperatures, Tuesday will be noticeably colder than Monday.

For the extended period, the forecast beginning on Tuesday night across Southcentral Alaska will see a shift toward colder temperatures as cold air moves down from the northwest and tracks toward the Gulf of Alaska. This cold air flow out of the northwest will increase our winds, especially through the north to south oriented mountain gaps Tuesday night through Friday. Several locations will experience strong winds Tuesday through Friday. The largest focus for winds during the extended forecast period include Broad Pass, The Matanuska Valley, Seward, Whittier, Thompson Pass, Valdez and the Copper River Delta.

Active precipitation is expected to mainly impact the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska Tuesday through the weekend. Tuesday night storms along the Bering will strengthen, merging with one another, into Storm Force (39-54 mph) as air flow pushes them into northern waters Thursday night.

Clear skies Saturday evening before turning partly cloudy later in the night as we drop down to 9 degrees below zero.

Mostly cloudy skies in Anchorage on Monday along with some early snow flurries and patchy fog while we see a high temperature near 13 degrees. Mostly cloudy Monday night with a low of 1 degree along with patchy fog after Midnight.

Partly cloudy skies on Tuesday in Anchorage as we warm up to a high of 5 degrees with areas of fog. Back down to 3 below on Tuesday night while under partly cloudy skies.

Looking ahead, Wednesday we will be mostly sunny with a high of 2 degrees.

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