Strong winds are in the forecast for southcentral and southeast Alaska over the next couple of days.


In Southcentral, northerly winds will begin increasing Thursday evening, peaking sometime Friday. A high wind warning goes into effect Thursday evening for Thompson Pass, Valdez and the Copper River Basin.


North winds in these areas are expected to reach speeds of 50 to 70 mph, with gusts as high as 95 mph. Areas of blowing snow may reduce visibilities in these spots, making travel difficult at times.


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No warnings or watches are currently in place for the Kenai Peninsula, but conditions will be windy.


Areas from Homer to Whittier can expect wind gusts of 50 – 65 mph at times Thursday night and Friday.


In Anchorage, wind gusts of 25 to 30 mph are most likely, with the highest gusts in west Anchorage.


The Matanuska and Susitna Valleys can expect northeast winds up to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph Thursday night and Friday. Winds in most areas will decrease by Saturday morning.


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High winds are also in the forecast for southeast Alaska.


A high wind warning for the Juneau area goes into effect at 3 a.m. Friday and continues until Sunday morning. Northeast winds of 30 to 45 mph are expected after midnight, with gusts of 60 to 80 mph possible.


A high wind watch for gusts of up to 60 mph goes into effect Friday evening for Skagway and the Klondike Highway, and continues until Saturday night.


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