The stagnant weather pattern keeping much of Alaska clear, cold and dry this past week has ended. Storms will track through the Aleutians into Southcentral and down to Southeast about every 24 to 48 hours over the next week.


The first front in this series brought fresh snow to much of Southcentral Thursday evening, totaling 1.6 inches officially in Anchorage. The snow total for December in Anchorage is now up to 10.6 inches.


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Anchorage will stay mostly cloudy, with light isolated snow showers possible Friday. The next main band of moisture doesn’t move into Southcentral until late Friday night.


While more precipitation is on the way, temperatures are also warming. Friday will likely be the warmest day so far in December with a high near 29 degrees. Saturday will be even warmer.


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Anchorage can expect 1 to 2 inches of wet snow late Friday and 1 to 4 inches through Saturday midday, possibly mixed with freezing rain and/or sleet as temperatures climb to or slightly above freezing.


Southcentral will be in between storms Saturday night into Sunday, but by late Sunday night into Monday morning the chance for snow increases. Temperatures will slowly return to normal midweek with highs in the 20s and lows in the teens. We’ll see additional chances for snow showers at the end of the week.


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Snow showers will spread through Southeast Alaska Friday, delivering another 1 to 2 inches for most communities, but as temperatures warm, all snow showers switch to rain Saturday.


KTVA 11 Meteorologist Melissa Frey can be reached via email or on Facebook and Twitter.


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