Wednesday, May 22, 2013
From Sun To Snow
Anchorage accumulation of 2 to 4 inches will drop down bringing us a little bit closer to beating that all time record.
To start off the week, we have a fast approaching system that has made its way onshore in the Southwest communities. Once again this storm is causing blizzard warnings along with heavy winds around southern portions of the state.
One thing about this system is that it's moving fairly quickly. In portions of the Southcentral and Interior this morning, things remain crisp and cold. Partly cloudy skies dominated our morning, but heavy snow will take over our evening.
This upcoming system will affect the eastern Interior starting tonight; 3 to 6 inches will fall across the eastern Interior and Fairbanks. The heaviest will be over higher terrain and hillsides. Summits of Steese, Elliot and Dalton Highways will have gusts to 40 mph along with possible blizzard conditions.
No advisories have been put into place just yet for Southcentral, but we'll start to see a dramatic turn in the weather pattern as we head into the lunch hour. It won't just affect one portion of Southcentral, but instead move throughout the Kenai Peninsula stretching all the way over the the northern portion of the Panhandle.
Southeast has issued a winter weather advisory for the northern region to the Capital City starting at midnight tonight. 3 to 6 inches of accumulation should be expected.
As this system moves throughout Southcentral, Seward and Whittier will get a dose of 2 to 6 inches with winds slightly picking up. In Anchorage accumulation of 2 to 4 inches will drop down bringing us a little bit closer to beating that all time record.
Temperatures will remain in the upper 20s all week, with cloud coverage taking over by Wednesday afternoon. A ridge of high pressure starts to build once again, causing us to see cooler weather and a little sunshine late week.
Be careful and safe Alaska.