First snow of the season falls in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska
ANCHORAGE — The first snow of the season started falling in Southeast Alaska late Saturday night and is now making its way into Southcentral.
By Sunday afternoon, one to nine inches were reported across the Southeast, including two inches in Juneau and nine inches in the Mendenhall Valley.
The Juneau airport picked up 0.6 inches of snow Sunday, making it the most snow Juneau has ever recorded on Oct.15. The previous record was a trace amount and was set in 1996.
The Southeast will continue to see snow showers accumulating overnight Sunday into Monday morning before mixing with rain by Monday afternoon. As of Sunday evening, it’s looking like temperatures will be too warm for snow Tuesday and Wednesday.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 4 a.m. Monday for the Klondike and Haines Highways, where another three to six inches of snow is likely.
Snow showers were also seen near Valdez and Thompson Pass early Sunday and near Whittier, Portage and Seward late Sunday. Snow showers will continue overnight in these locations, before mixing with rain Monday afternoon. One to four inches is likely by Monday morning.
An area of low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska will continue to spread showers across the Southeast and Southcentral Monday through Wednesday. The coastal areas have the best chances of seeing precipitation, although a few showers may make it into Anchorage as well, which will fall as all snow overnight before switching to rain during the day, then back to snow in the late evening.
Overnight low temperatures will drop to the mid to upper 20s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and will likely climb to the upper 30s and low 40s in the afternoons.
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