Clouds are coming for Alaska's Memorial Day weekend
The big holiday weekend is just about upon us and it looks like the sunshine that came out on Thursday in Southcentral will diminish and be replaced by lots of clouds.
Many coastal parts of Southcentral (Homer to Seward to Cordova) will have soggy weather as a series of weak fronts push rain showers in, while inland areas should have mostly cloudy but mostly dry weather. There is a small chance of light sprinkles and light rain Saturday night and again Sunday night in western and inland areas like Kenai, Anchorage and the Mat-Su with just a few hundredths of an inch of rain possible. Memorial Day itself looks pretty nice with lots of clouds and some sunbreaks for inland areas. Temperatures will stay about the same with morning lows in the 40s and daytime highs in the mid to upper 50s.
The Panhandle will have more showers on Friday (up to half an inch) which will also be breezy. Expect heavier rain (1 to 2 inches per day) at times from Saturday to Monday as a series of fronts move into the area. There are no flooding concerns at this time. Winds will also increase as the weekend progresses. Boaters should be wary with the stiff winds that could blow up to 45 mph around Prince of Wales Island on Saturday. The greatest concerns for strong wind is in the southern and central Inner Channels. The northern Inner Channels will have significantly lighter wind. By Sunday night the wind will start to taper off. Morning through the period will be starting around 40 degrees and warming up to the low to mid-50s.
A stalled out front will continue to bring showers and the possibility of some thunderstorms in the area, especially in the southern and eastern areas near mountains through Saturday and Saturday night. Many of the rivers in the area are near bankfull and will remain high through the weekend. Some river access points have water over them or may become impassable due to the high water. Remember to use extreme caution if near the rivers and to move items away from the river as they continue to rise. The Chena, Salcha, Goodpaster, Fortymile, Johnson and Roberson River Basins and the Chatanika and Birch Creek drainages will continue to get rain showers through Saturday night and will stay high until Monday. After that water levels should start to gradually fall. After Saturday night there is still a chance of rain showers, but it won't be as high.
The Slope will start out on Friday with lots of clouds, some flurries and it will be breezy to windy with some patchy freezing fog. There will be some clearing on Saturday and for the rest of the weekend expect partly to mostly sunny conditions with warmer temperatures ranging from the teens to low 20s in the mornings to the upper 20s to around 30 in the afternoons. The patchy freezing fog will be forming throughout the holiday weekend.
The northwest will have a mix of sunshine and clouds with some patchy fog and the possibility of some flurries on Friday. For the rest of the long weekend, it will be partly to mostly sunny with a temperature range from the low- to mid-30s in the mornings and high temperatures making it up to around 40 to 55 degrees. Southwestern areas will have a chance of isolated to scattered showers with morning lows in the upper 30s and warming up to the 50s to around 60 degrees.
The chain will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers through the holiday weekend and it will be breezy to windy as well. Mornings will be around 40 degrees and the afternoon highs should make it up to around 50 degrees.
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