Turnagain Arm wind to increase to 40 mph
After a brief break in clouds on Wednesday, Southcentral Alaska's weather pattern is starting to change again. Over the next several days it will be breezy with mostly cloudy to cloudy skies with periods of rain.
A storm in the Aleutians will push in a front in from the southwest increasing winds and bringing rain to the Gulf of Alaska coast that will eventually spread to inland areas.
Expect wind to increase to 15 to 25 mph along Turnagain Arm and hillside areas late Wednesday night and on Thursday. By Friday the wind will be blowing out of the east between 25 to 40 mph. Winds in Anchorage and up in the Valley will be around 10 to 20 mph with some gusts up to 35 mph around Palmer. And on the western Kenai Peninsula winds will be less, with a breeze from 10 to 15 mph.
The precipitation will start along the Gulf coast late this evening with some rain showers that could be mixed with snow. Any snow accumulations will be light (up to an inch or two) and won't last long with the rain washing it away. Storm rainfall totals through Saturday along the coast will be at least 1 to 3 inches.
Scattered showers will make it over the mountains by Thursday afternoon and will be similar to what fell on Tuesday, from a few hundredths of an inch around Anchorage, the eastern Kenai Peninsula and in the Mat-Su. Friday night into Saturday morning looks to be the best chance for a moderate rain falling in those areas west of the mountains. After that the active pattern will continue with a brief break on Monday.
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