Powerful front bringing rain, snow, sleet to Southcentral
A powerful front is moving through Southcentral Tuesday evening bringing high wind, rain, sleet and snow to areas from the Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound, Anchorage and the Valley.
The High Wind Warning for Turnagain Arm, east Anchorage and other areas right along the mountains, and the Hillside has been allowed to expire at 7 p.m.
The wind will gradually diminish overnight with breezy to windy conditions and scattered showers expected on Wednesday.
At 7:30, snow and rain started falling over much of Anchorage with winds still gusting from the mid-40s to at Ted Stevens. Many other locations are seeing the winds lessen and that will be the case for the rest of the evening and overnight. That being said, it will still be windy, especially, in the wind prone areas in the hills, mountains and along Turnagain Arm through to Portage and Whittier and up in Palmer.
Some of the strongest winds were around Turnagain Arm, where hurricane force winds were blowing.
Tuesday night and for the next few days, a few more disturbances will move through the area and there will be periods of rain, snow, a rain/snow mix and moderate winds blowing in Southcentral. Temperatures will be warm enough that the snow that falls will mostly melt on contact with the ground.
North of Talkeetna there will probably be some snow accumulation with 2 to 4 inches or more possible.
This active pattern will be sticking around through the weekend when there will be more breaks in the clouds, but the chance of rain with some snow will still be there.
The driver of this weather is a large storm in the Bering that is also cranking up winds in western and interior areas, especially higher elevations. It's also sending in waves of snow and rain at times. That storm will continue to send disturbances into Southcentral through next weekend.
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