Sunday, May 19, 2013
A little wet snow, mixed with rain, will slowly depart Southcentral by the start of our weekend.
Despite the incredible warmth that has hit across much of Southcentral in March, a little taste of winter is still looming across the state.
Winter weather advisories have been put into place for portions of the Southwest, where tonight into tomorrow some areas could get a dose of 3" to 6" of snow along with areas of freezing rain. This will be a quick shot of snow as this system will move up and down areas of the Northwest also. Coastline areas along with Southcentral will be affected by the winds also associated with this low, where gusts will hit Kodiak Island and higher elevations tonight into tomorrow.
With all the sunshine and rapid snowfall melting it's hard to imagine areas getting hit with more snow. A flow of warm moisture is combined with this system is allowing temperatures to remain in the 40s for Seward and Western Kenai. As this system makes its way up northwest, the flow will move into the Interior, causing temperatures to go from mid 30s to lower 50s as we head into the weekend. Little moisture will be found throughout the Upper Tanana Valley, but we'll start to see increasing clouds with those warmer conditions.
The moisture will enter the west around Nome and even St. Mary, where possible accumulation could range from 1" to 2" of accumulation throughout the afternoon. We'll move out of the subzero range and into positive digit territory around Kotzebue Sound with mostly cloudy conditions. Warmer air will continue to rise even into the North Slope bringing some flurries and fog today, and slightly warmer daytime highs.
The light snow and rain tonight for Turnagain Arm and higher elevations will have an easier time creating slick spots on roads as temperatures will fall below freezing once again. For the rest of the week we'll remain consistent with our daytime highs in the 40s, but ice will freeze again at night with overnight lows hitting the lower 20s
A little wet snow, mixed with rain, will slowly depart Southcentral by the start of our weekend. Little to no accumulation should be expected throughout the Anchorage area today or tomorrow. Temperatures will continue to increase and soon enough will be talking about the temperatures in the 50s.