ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - While under partly cloudy to partly sunny skies Friday Anchorage warms into the mid-'60s.
A ridge of high pressure will bring mostly dry conditions across Southcentral through Saturday. Highs near 70 degrees are possible over interior valleys. Farther west, a front will gradually track over Kodiak Island Saturday morning bringing moderate rain for much of the day. Gusty southeasterly winds are likely west of the Barren Islands as well. The front is expected to weaken as it moves to the east, although rain is likely for the Kenai Peninsula coast early Sunday morning with persistent flow out of the southeast. A brief period of rain remains possible for the Anchorage area Sunday morning as well given decent upper support, though the showers will not last beyond midday as drier air builds in from the west.
Partly cloudy to partly sunny in Anchorage Friday while we warm up to 66 degrees with areas of smoke. Partly cloudy in the evening as we drop down to 47 degrees overnight while we see winds out of the southeast from 10-20 mph.
Partly sunny on Saturday with while we see a high of 64 degrees. Saturday night while under cloudy skies we cool down to 47 degrees with a 50 percent chance of rain showers.
Looking ahead, Anchorage will be mostly cloudy on Sunday with a high of 64 degrees.
Fire Weather: The biggest fire weather concern will be for conditions in the Copper River Basin, and specifically near the Tokaina Fire, on Saturday. The ridge of high pressure will be near the Alaska Canada border and bringing in areas with temperatures approaching 70 degrees and relative humidity values under 30 percent. South to southeast winds will also blow through channeled terrain in the Chugach Mountains and along the Copper River. The Swan Lake Fire is beginning to produce more smoke again yesterday (Thursday as seen on visible satellite) under the sunny skies. The sunny skies should be around tomorrow before cloudier conditions return on Saturday.
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