Winter weather begins for some of Alaska
Winter-like weather is slowly spreading across Alaska.
The Southeast saw record-setting snowfall on both Saturday and Sunday, with over five inches in Juneau and one to 12 inches across the northern areas of the Southeast. The snow didn’t stick around for long though. Monday temperatures warmed to the 40s for most, ending any chance of snow with this particular storm. According to the National Weather Service, this was the first time the Southeast has seen snow before Fairbanks since 1940.
Southcentral also saw its first snow of the season late Sunday into early Monday. One to three inches was reported near Valdez and Cordova, the eastern Turnagain Arm and across the Kenai Peninsula. Showers briefly switched to rain Monday afternoon for most, but will likely switch back to snow overnight Monday with another one to two inches by Tuesday mid-morning.
Light snow was reported in some Hillside locations of Anchorage with flurries in the lower elevations, but Anchorage has yet to record any snowfall this season. Showers will continue to move east to west over Southcentral overnight and during the day Tuesday. There’s only a slight chance any of it will make it to Anchorage, but what we could see would be light snow overnight and light rain during the afternoon.
Palmer and Wasilla have stayed dry for now, but are enduring dangerous winds. The wind will continue out of the northeast overnight with gusts of 35 to 50 mph. Lighter winds are expected Tuesday with gusts below 30 mph. Light snow/rain mix showers are also possible in the Valley Tuesday.
The storm responsible for the breezy winds, snow and rain will slowly slide off shore by Wednesday, decreasing any chances for precipitation.
Much colder air moves in starting Saturday which will drop high temperatures to the mid 30s and low temperatures to the teens for much of Southcentral.
Stay tuned to the KTVA Weather Team for the latest forecast.