The skies are clearing across Southcentral Monday night as we’re entering a break between storms, but those clear skies also will mean a chilly start Tuesday. Be ready for temperatures in the 30s across Anchorage, with below-freezing temperatures likely in the Susitna Valley, near Soldotna, and across the Copper River Basin.
Flooding is happening along parts of the Kenai River, with a flood warning as well as an advisory affecting the Kenai Peninsula. Rain is only going to exacerbate the flooding. Several rounds of wet weather will be hitting the state over the rest of the week.
Active weather in the form of a series of lows will continue to pound Prince William Sound and the northern Gulf Coast. The already-soaked areas from Whittier to Valdez — and especially Cordova to Yakutat — are expected to receive more heavy rainfall through Tuesday.
There will be little breaks in the clouds, rain and winds that will batter the state over the weekend. A strong southerly flow brings moisture north and as the rain falls, winds will pick up along coasts and into the interior.
Snow on the Chugach Range is a good clue that a seasonal transition is underway. But it is September rain that we expect to fall, heavy at times along the north Gulf Coast and Prince William Sound starting Friday night.
A fall cycle of low pressure brings rain and gusty winds to the state over the week. Rain will be showing up by Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in Anchorage, but the city and Southcentral is likely to see clearing to sunny periods by afternoon.
Cooler weather is already building into the state, as temperatures across Southcentral managed to dip into the 30s and 40s. While it’s not officially the coolest morning we’ve seen, that will soon change as a trough digs southward through the state.
A series of storms through the week leaves Alaska with August rain and wind as the weekend approaches. Southcentral will see a slight break Friday, still showers, but a break before the next storms system arrives Friday night to Saturday. That next system brings in heavy rains through Saturday.