One last blast of snow heading our way tonight and tomorrow and then we should be looking at an extended period of quiet weather. We currently have an area of low pressure sitting to the south of the Kenai Peninsula. This will make its way into the Prince William Sound overnight and the snow will pick up in the Anchorage Bowl after midnight. The amount of liquid precipitation heading to Anchorage is in the 0.35’’ to 0.75’’ range. Based on this amount of precipitation and the fact that the snow will get drier and have less water content towards the end of this event I am forecasting 7 to 14 inches of snow for Anchorage and the Hillside. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Anchorage area from midnight until 9 PM Thursday. One is in effect for the western Kenai Peninsula until 3 PM Thursday for 6 to 12 inches of snow. The Matanuska Valley has one in effect from 3 AM until 6 PM Thursday for 5 to 10 inches of snow. And the Susitna Valley has one in effect until 3 PM Thursday for 7 to 14 inches of snow. Once we get through tomorrow high pressure will dominate the weather pattern for almost the entire state for this weekend and into much of next week. This will mean dry, sunny, and cold weather for much of Alaska beginning this weekend.
7 Day Forecast For Anchorage
Overnight snow will develop with 2 to 4 inches possible. Lows will be near 20. Thursday will be snowy with another 5 to 10 inches of snow possible and highs near 20. Friday skies will become partly cloudy with highs in the single digits. Saturday through Tuesday will be mostly sunny with highs of 5 to 10 above. Wednesday will be mostly to partly cloudy with highs of 10 to 15 degrees.