Monday, June 17, 2013
First Big Storm Of February
West of the Parks Highway has even been issued a winter weather advisory where 9-18 inches could spread through the area today.
This powerful storm we have been discussing the last couple of days, is here and touching down in portions of the the Southcentral. it's headed for the southern mainland and will cause heavy winds of 75 to 80mph along with a good dose of rain and snow.
This strong low is coming out of the north-central pacific this afternoon and will continue to intensify as it moves through the portions of the Southcentral tonight. this system carries with it strong winds and heavy precipitation. We will see extreme conditions along the coast where blizzard warnings have been issued. This includes the Kenai Peninsula where 3-6 inches is expected along with portions of P.W.S. could see 5-10 inches.
West of the Parks Highway has even been issued a winter weather advisory where 9-18 inches could spread through the area today. Associated with this storm is heavy winds that will run up to 80mph along Portage Valley and Turnagain Arm.
Will start to see this storm weaken as it moves to the Kenai Peninsula Thursday with temperatures in the mid 30's. With warmer air things will start to melt very quickly along with bringing coastal areas rain instead of snow. Things will certainly get sloppy as temperatures along the Northeastern Prince William Sound will be in the upper 30's to low 40's.
The surge of warm air will continue to move Northward into the Anchorage area bringing us light snow for today, and thing will crank up a bit tomorrow night. One thing that will be cranking up is the winds though, so be aware. Enjoy warmer temperatures for at least the next five days, Anchorage.
Stay safe Alaska!