It's been a warm start to 2018 in Anchorage, but that's about to change.

Cold air is beginning to push in from the north which will drop both our high and low temperature by about 5 degrees each day through Monday. This means that starting Friday we'll see a return to normal temperatures for this time of year, which will drop below average Saturday through at least Wednesday.

Temperatures will be on a downward trend across most of the state this week. The North Slope will likely see temperatures below 0 from Friday morning through at least Wednesday. Fairbanks will fall to around 20 to 25 degrees below zero Monday through Wednesday, and Juneau will drop below freezing Saturday through Wednesday.

A 72-hour forecast on Jan. 18, 2018 calls for cooling Alaska temperatures. (File/KTVA)

Southcentral Alaska traditionally sees its coldest temperatures of the year in January, with highs in the low 20s and lows falling to about 11 degrees from Jan. 4 through Jan. 30.

On average Anchorage records 15 days with single-digit temperatures each January. This year the temperature has only dropped that low three times, and the thermometer reached the 40s four times this month at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport -- double for what is normal in January.

 

You may remember this time last year when temperatures dropped to 15 degrees below zero on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19, not even getting above zero during the day. But even that wasn't the coldest temperature recorded in Anchorage: 34 degrees below zero, in January 1975.

Stay tuned to the KTVA Weather Team for the latest forecast for your area.

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