Expect strong winds, rain across Southcentral overnight
An unseasonably strong disturbance will move through Southcentral Alaska overnight Thursday and into Friday morning, bringing high winds and rain to the region.
The storm will move over the Kenai Peninsula and past Anchorage in the early morning hours, increasing winds and dropping rainfall in many areas.
The strongest winds will be along Turnagain Arm and the Anchorage Hillside, with southeast winds of 25 to 40 mph and some gusts up to 50 or 55 mph in the most exposed areas.
Down in the Anchorage Bowl, expect winds to be increasing overnight with south winds on Friday of 15 to 30 mph and some gusts to around 45 mph.
Winds will also be gusting up to around 40 to 45 mph around Wasilla and Palmer. The western Kenai Peninsula will be breezy to windy as well, with the strongest winds around Homer and Kachemak Bay gusting up to 25 or 35 mph.
Heavy rain at times will fall along the eastern Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound which could receive another 1 to 3 inches. The western Peninsula will get from half to three-quarters of an inch, and Homer will get up to 1 inch of rainfall by Friday night. Anchorage, Wasilla and Palmer rainfall looks like a tenth to about a third of an inch, with some areas receiving up to half an inch.
The heaviest rain will fall in the early to late morning Friday, tapering off to scattered showers that will linger through the weekend.
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