Say it isn't snow!
Just when lots of us were getting used to the dry pavement and seeing more and more grass showing up around Southcentral, it looks like some snow is heading this way.
A storm that is moving in this direction is already sending clouds into the area. The storm is in the northern Gulf of Alaska and will tap into enough moisture that some heavy snow could fall starting in Prince William Sound early Wednesday. The position of the storm and the prevailing wind flow pattern means that areas west of the Chugach and Kenai mountains will see most of the snow blocked by the mountains, but it does look like the western Kenai Peninsula could get a few inches (1"-3") on Wednesday.
Anchorage will get scattered snow showers on Wednesday but, with such dry air in place at ground level, most of the snow will evaporate before it makes it to the ground. It looks like the best chance of accumulating snow in Anchorage is right around the evening commute. The snow totals for Anchorage and areas north of there should get little (1"-2") to no accumulation. Temperatures won't change much from what we've been experiencing lately; morning lows in the 20s and afternoon highs in the mid to upper 30s. That means that whatever snow piles up won't last very long.
Expect the heaviest snow in western Prince William Sound around Whittier and Portage, where a foot to two feet could fall in some spots. Seward will get from 6"- 20" when all is said and done by Thursday morning.
And with dry air at the lower levels and the mountain blocking, the Valley should be limited to similar amounts of snow piling up as Anchorage will have. Northern parts of the Valley like Willow and Talkeetna should see some scattered snow showers with no accumulation expected.
It will also be breezy to windy with Anchorage and the western Kenai getting north winds at 15 or 20 mph. And it will be windy in the Matanuska Valley with northeast winds blowing 15-30 mph and gusting up to 45 mph at times. Whittier, Valdez and Cordova will experience east winds gusting up to 30-35 mph on Wednesday.
The storm will move out of the area late Wednesday night and on Thursday when there will be scattered snow showers in the morning and some partial clearing by the afternoon for most places. Lots of sun breaks are in store for Friday. And just in time for the weekend, it should be sunny again.
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