Fall storm brings 45-80 mph wind gusts, rain to Southcentral
A fall storm is headed for Southcentral Tuesday, and will bring widespread rain and strong winds. Rain is already under way in Prince William Sound, and will move west throughout the day, spreading into Anchorage and the Mat-Su by the afternoon.
The most widespread rain will occur overnight and into early Wednesday. Seward will see some of the heaviest rain, with 2 to 3" expected from Tuesday through Wednesday morning and south winds of 15-30 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph. The combination of high winds, heavy rain, and leaves still on the trees could lead to limb and tree damage.
Winds will also increase as the storm system moves into Southcentral. A High Wind Warning goes into effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday and continues until 5 a.m. Wednesday. During this time, sustained winds of 30 to 50 mph are expected along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations, with wind gusts of up to 80 mph possible. The Lower Hillside can expect sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph.
The Anchorage bowl will see sustained winds of 15 to 30 mph Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, with wind gusts of up to 45 mph.
The high winds will peak overnight, and weaken Wednesday morning.