A Low pressure system loiters just south of Prince William Sound that slams Cordova with continuous snow showers. On the positive side, this Low will track to the Southeast clearing out the winter weather in South Central. Then another Low approaches Alaska off its west coast. On Sunday, this system affects Unalaska with a high of 44 degrees, strong winds, and rain showers. A high-temperature in the 40s is a recipe for a big mess. The Southeast will experience snow showers, and the Interior will have partly sunny skies Fairbanks will see a few snowflakes and Tok will have snow showers. Prudhoe Bay’s high temperatures will top off at –30 degrees since a cold arctic air mass plummets temperatures in the Interior. The West will enjoy mostly sunny skies with patchy fog in Bethel. Kodiak and the Matsu Valley will also experience mostly sunny skies. Expect winds for Kodiak. In South Central, the Valdez region will encounter snow showers in the morning, stopping by the afternoon then yielding mostly sunny skies toward the end of the afternoon.
It has been snowing all day in Anchorage. If you participated in Fur Ronday, Running of Reindeer or joined the ceremonial start of Iditarod Sled Dog Race, you may have noticed the continuous large fat snowflakes falling from the sky. With this kind of precipitation, Anchorage is likely to topple its record annual snowfall of 132.8 inches. Currently, we are sitting at 123.4 inches, which is only 9.4 inches short of a new record total!
Alaska’s only 7-day forecast looks promising with snow showers post- Monday afternoon that will last until Wednesday, then a short reprieve followed by renewing snow on Friday and Saturday. Also, expect windy conditions for Friday. High temperatures for the period will be averaging between the 20s and 30s. Low temperatures are fluctuating in single digits and then hitting the teens. Enjoy our partly sunny skies and no precipitation on both Sunday and Thursday.