Southcentral storm brings heavy snow, high winds
A storm is delivering widespread snow to Southcentral and Southeast Alaska early Thursday, which will continue through Friday.
The greatest impacts will be on the Kenai Peninsula, while further north and west in Anchorage and the Mat-Su the mountains will likely block much of the snow from moving into town.
Anchorage, Palmer, and Wasilla will likely see 1 to 2 inches of snow Thursday and another half-inch to an inch and a half Friday. However, should the winds shift or relax, much heavier snow is still possible in Anchorage.
The western Kenai Peninsula will also see moderate to heavy snowfall. A winter weather advisory for snow and blowing snow is in effect for the western Kenai Peninsula through Friday at 6 p.m., with 4 to 7 inches of snow expected. Some exposed areas like Homer Bluff and Anchor Point could get 10 to 12 inches by the time this storm is done late Friday.
Snow showers will also spread into the Prince William Sound area Thursday. Valdez should expect 1 to 2 inches of snow today and another 1 to 5 inches Thursday night, with Cordova set to see up to 6 inches.
The northern Susitna Valley will see 2 to 6 inches of snow today with chances for snow tonight and Friday.
In addition to the snow, high winds are also likely for much of Southcentral with this storm. Anchorage will see winds out of the northeast at 5 to 20 mph. The Turnagain Arm and higher elevations near Anchorage will see winds out of the southeast at 15 to 45 mph, with gusts to 55 mph. Seward will see winds from the east at 15 to 30 mph.
Strong winds are also likely in Kodiak, where winds will shift from the south at 35 mph to west winds at 35 to 50 mph.
Most of Southeast Alaska will see a snow/rain mix Thursday, with high temperatures pushing into the mid to upper 30s and low 40s -- but as temperatures fall Thursday night, snow is likely from Juneau north.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for Juneau from midnight through noon Friday for 3 to 5 inches of snow. A winter storm watch is in effect for Juneau and Skagway Thursday night through Friday morning for 4 to 8 inches of snow.
Stay tuned to the KTVA Weather Team for the latest updates on this dynamic weather situation.
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