Bundle up, Alaska — the weekend will be cold

Single digits to sub-zero temperatures
Published: Nov. 17, 2023 at 5:41 PM AKST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2023 at 7:00 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - From record heavy snow to high winds, warming temperatures to melting snow and ice, Southcentral has been whacked by winter weather in the last week. And now it gets cold.

High pressure building into the region and state as a storm departs brings in colder arctic air. Southcentral lows are likely to drop below zero in parts of the Susitna Valley and even East Anchorage could see temperatures drop to 5 to 10 below.

Blizzard conditions will hit two specific areas that travelers use — Turnagain Pass and Thompson Pass will see winds gusting 55 to 60 mph. Look for the blowing snow to last through much of Saturday, reducing visibility and increasing winter danger.

Wet weather will again pester the Panhandle. Ketchikan could see another 3 inches of rain on the south end, while the northern part of the region sees colder air filter in and that is likely to produce snow.

Coming Sunday to the western Aleutians, a powerful low, that will impact the mainland early next week, and another large low enters the Gulf of Alaska on its trek north. This system will affect Southcentral by Tuesday.