ANCHORAGE – A strong storm headed towards Southeast Alaska will bring snow, rain and windy conditions by late Monday night.


Heavy snow is expected over the northern panhandle beginning sometime after midnight Tuesday. A winter storm warning is in place for the Klondike and Haines Highways, where 8 to 18 inches of wet snow is expected.


The snow will reduce visibilities on Tuesday, which may lead to difficult driving conditions on the highways. Most other areas in Southeast can expect moderate to heavy rain with this system.


Temperatures are expected to stay above freezing in the lower elevations.


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The storm will also bring a round of strong winds that will begin Tuesday morning and continue through Tuesday evening.


The strongest winds are forecast for the central and southern panhandle, where a high wind warning is in place for Tuesday.


Areas like Sitka, Hydaburg, and Ketchikan may see damaging wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph. The northern panhandle, including Juneau, can expect wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph.


The storm will weaken by late Tuesday evening as it moves inland, bringing the strong winds to an end.


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