Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Snow Levels Lower on the Chugach Range
Here we are on this last day of September and you can’t help but notice yet another change in the seasonal weather pattern as the snow continues to creep down lower on the Chugach Range. Many residents from Eagle River to the Anchorage hillside woke up t
Here we are on this last day of September and you can’t help but notice yet another change in the seasonal weather pattern as the snow continues to creep down lower on the Chugach Range. Many residents from Eagle River to the Anchorage hillside woke up to a light dusting of the snowflakes. As October sets in expect to see more. It’s normal to see a light dusting on the ground by mid October with measureable snowfall by late October.
But, for now, the weekend is shaping up to be a little warmer. So the snow amounts may stay right where they are for the time being. Most residents in the Southcentral Region will continue to see a few more rain showers at the lower elevations as a low in the Gulf will be hanging around for the weekend, but the brunt of the rainfall will occur on the windward sides of the mountain ranges. Downsloping will keep most of the Anchorage Bowl rainfree. Strong gusty Southeast winds are also expected to be blowing along the Portage Valley and along Turnagain Arm taking what’s left of the yellow leaves from the trees. Seward and Cordova are likely to see the strongest winds in the region.
Getting a bit of a break from the rain and the wind are the Southeast Panhandle and the Alaska Peninsula. They will be enjoying some well deserved sun breaks, and mild temperatures, as they are inbetween weather systems. Unfortunately the break will be short lived as the current low in the Gulf is ready to move on to the Southeast, and yet another storm in the Bering Sea is already taking aim on Dutch Harbor/Unalaska.
Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy conditions with brisk temperatures in the 40’s for highs, and 20’s for lows across the rest of the state from Kotzebue and Nome across to Fairbanks. Rest assured that’s still much more pleasant than the low 30’s for highs and low 20’s in Barrow and Prudhoe Bay.
Enjoy your weekend and the first day in October!