Coldest temperatures in several years forecast for Southcentral Alaska
The forecast is calling for bitter cold temperatures across a majority of Alaska this week, including Anchorage.
Monday will bring continued snow from Southcentral Alaska north to the central Interior. The snow will taper off from south to north Monday night into Tuesday.
Once the skies begin to clear, temperatures are forecast to plummet. Many areas will experience the lowest temperatures of the season, while other areas will see the coldest temperatures in several years.
The North Slope and parts of the western Interior and Southwest Alaska are already experiencing mostly clear conditions and cold temperatures. As of Monday morning, Deadhorse Airport had observed a temperature of minus 36 with wind chill values between minus 60 to minus 66.
Areas along the west coast, from Nome to Bethel, will continue to see temperatures below zero through the week. A wind chill advisory is in effect for most of the northern half of Alaska, from the Chukchi and Bering Sea Coasts east to the border.
Many areas of the state will drop below zero by sometime Tuesday, with the coldest temperatures forecast to happen from Tuesday night to Thursday night.
The Fairbanks area is expected to see both high and low temperatures between 35 to 45 below on Wednesday.
Areas in the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys and the Copper River Basin can expect temperatures as low as 25 to 35 below by Wednesday night.
Anchorage will fall below zero sometime Tuesday afternoon and likely won’t warm above zero again until Friday or Saturday. Temperatures could drop as low as 20 to 25 below zero in Anchorage on Wednesday night.
The Kenai Peninsula won’t be spared from the cold. Lows are expected to range from 5 to 15 below for inland areas and single digits on the coast. Winds from Whitter east to Valdez will remain breezy this week. Combined with single digit temperatures, they may lead to low wind chills.
It’s been several years since Anchorage has experienced temperatures this severe. The last recorded temperature of minus 15 happened in late January 2012.
Anchorage hasn’t recorded a temperature of minus 20 or colder since 2009, during an 11 day period of below zero temperatures. During that cold snap, Anchorage recorded a temperature of minus 20 on January 4 and a temperature of minus 24 on January 7.
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