Colder weekend, with more snow likely next week
Highs across Southcentral to drop into the single digits and teens through the weekend
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The record snow has come and gone across Southcentral Alaska, but not before dumping well over a foot of snow in many spots. While the snow has exited Southcentral and the skies are clearing out, hazardous road conditions will continue to be an issue. Even with roads being plowed, rivlets and ruts on the road will require you to drive at a safe and slower speed. It’ll take through the end of the week before we see the vast majority of the roads safer to travel.
The area of low pressure responsible for all of the snow is over the eastern Gulf of Alaska. Southeast Alaska will see the chance for a winter mix today, with the low slowly moving off to the south. As it sweeps south along the coast, we’ll see a gradual transition to snow overnight into Friday. This comes as colder air wraps around the low and spills into the Panhandle, with many waking up tomorrow morning to temperatures dropping below freezing.
A few inches of snow can be expected for Southeast on Friday before drier and sunnier weather makes a brief return.
For both Southeast and Southcentral, temperatures will take a downward turn into the weekend. Cold, arctic air is slowly settling back into the state, with single-digit highs looking likely for parts of Southcentral into Friday and Saturday. While the cold snap will be shortlived, it will allow for many area streams, creeks and rivers to refreeze from the recent warm weather we’ve been dealing with.
Sunshine will stay with us into the weekend, with a fairly good shot we could see the aurora for parts of Southcentral. Enjoy the drier and sunnier days, because our next storm looks to impact us from Sunday into Monday. This comes as our next low sweeps through the Bering Sea and kicks more moisture in our direction. For now, it’s looking likely we’ll see 3 to 6 inches, with some locally heavier amounts.
Have a wonderful and safe Thursday!
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