ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - While under mostly sunny skies Thursday in Anchorage we will see a high near 22 degrees.
The storm system over the Gulf will continue to exit eastward Thursday morning, with precipitation diminishing across Southcentral. Cold airflow out of the north will push south out ahead of high pressure moving in from the east.
This dry cold air will assist with the snow stoppage while helping to push our last storm out of the area. Gap winds will strengthen across the western Gulf and Kodiak waters early this morning (beginning Wednesday night), then along the northern Gulf Coast and Prince William Sound Thursday morning and afternoon in response to the cold air ushering down from the north.
Also, due to the exiting low-pressure storm pulling on the high-pressure system moving into the area. The high-pressure system will continue to move overhead Friday through Saturday allowing for dry and colder conditions to settle in across Southcentral.
More storms will reach Kodiak Island Thursday night into Friday, while airflow out of the west should keep this system mostly south of Southcentral, getting pushed eastward across the Gulf and keeping our area dry. Expect increasing clouds and snow chances to return to Southcentral as we head into the weekend as more systems eject moisture and storm energy into the region.
For the extended period beginning on Friday evening, there will be some low-pressure storm systems over the Central Bering Sea as well as over the Gulf of Alaska. Storms in the Bering will move east and the systems in the Gulf could move north. We will be caught in the middle of storms bringing up warmer air, clouds and snow showers out of the southwest and high pressure in the north sending down cold dry Arctic air keeping temperatures below average through the weekend in Southcentral.
We could see snow and rain move into Southern Mainland Alaska coastal locations Saturday through Sunday night with a lower chance of snow for inland locations as storms push in once again from the southwest with moisture and cloud cover. From Saturday evening and lasting through at least Tuesday a big weather change is looking more and more likely.
As airflow strengthens out of the south and west, storms could impact all of southern Alaska bringing heavy snow, coastal rain, strong winds and combinations of everything mentioned as warmer air collides with our colder air mass.
This is a few days away with change likely to happen but everyone should stay tuned as the details and storm track becomes more certain.
Mostly sunny skies in Anchorage on Thursday with light winds and a high temperature of 22 degrees after seeing early wind chill temperatures near 5 degrees. Thursday night we drop down to 3 degrees while under clear skies and variable 10 mph winds.
Partly sunny on Friday in Anchorage with a high of 18 degrees. Mostly cloudy Friday night with light winds along with a low of 10 degrees.
Looking ahead, Saturday we will be mostly cloudy with light winds, and a high of 19 degrees.
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