Icy start for Anchorage as rain turns to evening snow
After reaching the mid-40s Monday, temperatures dropped to the low 30s overnight in Anchorage. That means much of the snow that turned to water on the roadways is now ice making for a slick Tuesday-morning commute.
Anchorage police dispatchers said six non-injury vehicle accidents and three vehicles in distress were reported between midnight and 8 a.m. Tuesday. Officers hadn't reported any particular areas of concern on local roads.
Temperatures will hold in the low 30s Tuesday morning but will climb to near 38 degrees by midday. This means more thawing is likely while we also continue to see snow/rain mixed showers off and on.
As the jet stream continues to aim right at Southcentral the storms continue to line up about every 24 hours bringing warm tropical moisture to the region.
The next storm will move in overnight. Showers will pick up Wednesday morning. Temperatures should stay cold enough with this one for most of the precipitation to fall as snow. Right now it's looking like Anchorage will see about 2 to 4 inches of snow. Slightly more is likely farther east, including the Mat-Su, Girdwood, Portage Valley and Valdez and slightly less is likely farther south and west.
The heaviest snow will likely be near Thompson Pass and into the Copper River Basin.
Thompson Pass is under a winter storm warning from midnight to 6 p.m. Wednesday for 28 to 36 inches of snow. Some locations could see even more. Wind gusts to 40 mph are also likely through the pass Wednesday.
The Copper River Basin is under a winter weather advisory from midnight tonight to midnight Wednesday night for 10 to 16 inches of snow and wind gusts to 25 mph.
Anchorage is right on the edge of this storm. If it moves east we'll see fewer chances for precipitation, but if it moves west we'll see more.
Stay tuned to the KTVA Weather Center over the next 24 to 48 hours for additional details as the forecast is refined.
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