Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Snow Is Refreshing, Wind Braces Us Up, Freezing Rain..DANGEROUS
Freezing rain is by far the worst form of winter precipitation. Rain falls and immediately freezes on contact to any surface. This is causing for very treacherous driving condition throughout the Metro area, with a freezing rain advisory in place until 1 pm today.
A series of lows continues to brew throughout Anchorage and Susitna Valley, causing a rain and snow mixture. As this weak storm starts to head east, we are really waiting for the arrival of system coming out of the Bering Sea.
The good news about this storm is that it will bring a wave of warm air to much of the state. Snow however, will change over to rain, with winds increased along higher elevations. All this will make for difficult driving conditions, so make sure to give yourself extra time.
For the Susitna Valley temperatures will stay below freezing, which could lead to widespread snow in the Northern Part of the Valley.
There is a subtropical flow associated with this storm system. This will cause precipitation to be quite heavy at times. By Sunday we could see significant ice over the Southern Susitna Valley.
This will be quite the event for the Southcentral. While snow is always fun to play with, rain is fun to dance in, but freezing rain is just nothing to mess with.
By late Sunday night into Monday precipitation will stop. On the back side of this storm is a cold front so we say goodbye to warm and wet weather.
Try your best to enjoy the dicey weekend weather Alaska. Please be careful out there.